Welcome to the Blog of the Bradford Ornithological Group (BOG). Here you will find information about the latest sightings, an archive of information and a gallery photos of the birds of this area of West Yorkshire, England. We are an active group of 150 members dedicated to the study and conservation of birds within this region which is situated amongst the Pennines of Northern England.

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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Wednesday 31st July 2013

A juvenile Blackcap seen amongst the raspberries at Stockbridge on Sunday 28th.  Photo: Paul Croft

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Cullingworth - Still plenty of gull movement. A different Yellow-legged Gull & an adult Mediterranean Gull (not the Redcar Tarn bird) in the Halifax Road fields.
Leeshaw Reservoir: A female Marsh Harrier appeared briefly at 1110, flushing everything in sight, before disappearing west over the moor.
A Raven came down on the moor near Oxenhope Stoop.
Keith Moir

Monday, 29 July 2013

Monday 29 July 2013

Baildon Moor was alive with birds, predominantly Meadow Pipits but there were also post-breeding flocks of Linnets, three singing Reed Buntings and a few Skylarks which were still engaged in breeding.  A flock of 50 or so Swallows swept across the Golf Course and an adult Curlew kept an eye on its off-spring.  Last evening, whilst a dozen Swifts skimmed across the Glen, an adult Green Woodpecker was taking a juvenile bird through the tree tops.
Paul King.

Scargill Reservoir - 2 juvenile Shelduck, Redshank, 3 Oystercatchers & post breeding flock of 50 Lapwing.
John o'Gaunt Reservoir - two Tufted Duck familes of three & six ducklings.
Shaun Radcliffe

July 28:  Mediterranean Gull still at Redcar Tarn, and an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Cullingworth ( Halifax Road fields: Flappit ), with a different bird (probably a 4th-winter) there on July 29.
 Keith Moir

Sunday, 28th July 2013

Ian Hargreaves took this fine photo of a Mediterranean Gull at Redcar Tarn on Sunday.  The bird had been present, on the Tarn and in the field on the other side of the road since Monday, 22nd July.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Saturday 27 July 2013

An excellent morning for birding and there was the first signs of migration in the form of a Whinchat which was feeding in the fields near Golcar Farm.  Elsewhere there were plenty of post-breeding groups of Meadow Pipits, with smaller numbers of Reed Bunting, Linnet, Goldfinch and a family of Whitethroat along the Glen Road.  
Paul King

Upwood Hall entrance (above Riddlesden) - pair of Spotted Fly feeding at least two young.
Whetstone - 8 Linnet, pair of Stonechat, juv Reed Bunting plus distant view of high flying Raven.
Shaun Radcliffe

Mistle Thrush
Phil Matthews sent this close-up view of a Mistle Thrush which was a regularly feeding in his garden.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Friday 26 July 2013

Redcar Tarn - same bird reported today from two observers - an adult Med Gull
Keith Moir & Peter Williams, (who says bird has been there since Monday).

Thursday 25 July 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species recorded today. Over the last few days up to 5 Blackcap seen mainly visiting the raspberry patch along with 4 Whitethroat. Kestrel family still close to area of nest box. Plenty of young birds at the feeders with now 6 Redpolls. 2 Kingfishers seen. 
Fred Drake et al

Monday, 22 July 2013

Late news from 18th July

Shipley Glen
Grasshopper Warbler reeling in full view "every evening"
R Scullion

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sunday 21 July 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 30 species recorded including 3 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap visiting raspberry patch close to hide, plenty of action around the Kestrel box area with young birds perched in the trees awaiting adults with food, Kingfisher.
Earlier this week, a Snipe fed along the lake shore.
Fred Drake et al

Much better conditions this morning and it was good to see lots of young birds about.  A small flock of Meadow Pipits at Birch Close were joined by a similar group of Reed Buntings and amongst them was a Whitethroat.  A pair of Oystercatchers and a couple of adult Curlews passed by with their juveniles and Corvids were feeding their young in the 'horse-field' along the Glen Road.  A post-breeding flock of about 40 Lapwings sailed over and five Stock Doves flew from a field by Golcar Farm.
Paul King.

East Riddlesden - 5 Oystercatchers overhead near dusk
M Doveston

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Thursday 18 July 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrels have successfully fledged their four young. The last left the box yesterday. Today the female has been arriving at the box with food and may have a larder as she does not always seek out the young who are in the nearby trees.
Other birds recorded - pair of Redpoll at the feeder, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler & plenty of hawking over the water by Sand, House Martin, Swallow & Swift.
Steve Webb et al

Monday, 15 July 2013

Tuesday 16th July 2013

A male Bullfinch with two juvenile birds seen in a Bingley garden by Paul Croft.

Monday 15 July 2013

As optimistic as a ................Moorhen!
Walk from Bingley to Saltaire along the River Aire, I found two sitting Moorhens. Both sites were on boulders smack in the middle of the river bed. Obviously rain is not expected.
Other birds - Dipper, pair of Grey Wagtails at Ireland Bridge, 3 of the same at Cottingley, female Goosander with 6 young, plus singing Chiff-Chaff & Blackcap.
Also - Comma Butterfly, Ringlets & Skippers
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Saturday 13th July, 2013

Heights Lane area, Bingley 
The cows in a field along Heights Lane had created a muddy patch near a seep attracting a few of the local juvenile Lapwings and a few Pied Wagtails, a nearby wall had two Meadow Pipits. On the way down Walsh Lane a Red Kite passed north. My garden area continues to attract the usual tits and finches and thrushes, but Siskin is now showing again, Great Spotted Woodpecker is visiting early and late in the day and the recent Jay visits are declining

Phil Matthews
Lapwing chick. Photo: Phil Matthews
It seems that this must be a good year for Whitethroats with three singing males close to the Glen Road.  On the other side of Baildon Moor there were at least two males in the Sconce area at the end of June. There was also plenty of activity from the breeding species, i.e. Willow Warblers, Reed Buntings, and Meadow Pipits.     Paul King
Whitethroat. photo: Brian Vickers

Friday, 12 July 2013

Friday 12th July 2013

One of two Golden Plover seen on Bingley Moor this morning.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Thursday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only)
A juvenile Reed Warbler, submitted by Paul Croft.

Upwood Hall entrance - pair of Spotted Flycatchers.
Stephen Lilley

Thursday 11 July 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Willow Warblers, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Reed Buntings, Whitethroats, GSW, Chiff-Chaff. Plenty of young birds especially House Sparrows.
Shaun Radcliffe et al.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Thursday 4 July 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, singing Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler. Plenty of Swifts, Sand & House Martins.
On previous day 2 Kingfisher plus a Common Sandpiper.
Shaun Radcliffe
Seen today at 12.30 pm Male & Female Bullfinch with two young on feeder in Bingley garden.
Paul Croft

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Wednesday 3 July 2013

3 Tern species flew south over my house in Cottingley at about 9am this morning. At about 10am they flew over again North East, still too high to id but looked as if they might land in the Dowley Gap area. I went to look for them with no joy. Their loud screech was most likely that of common tern.
Martin Taunton