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

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Saturday 31 May 2014

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - 2 Kestrel confrontation with, briefly, locked talons.
Sconce area - Cuckoo still calling, Little Owl.
Glovershaw - single Snipe drumming, 3 Oystercatchers.
Shaun Radcliffe

East Riddlesden Hall 07.00 - 09.00 Guided Walk
Kingfisher carrying food, Garden Warbler, Blackcap,
Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail,
Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan
Goosander female with 10 young, Moorhen, Kestrel,
BHGulls, Oystercatchers 3+,
M Doveston et al

Soil Hill - Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting
Brian Sumner

Between Embsay & Halton - on a small wetland area, Shelduck with 5 ducklings.
Shaun Pickard

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Thursday 29 May 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler all singing.
In the Low Wood area - Cuckoo calling.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Monday 26th May

Heights Lane/Eldwick Reservoir.

Swift, Jay, Songthrush,Greenfinch, Chaffinch ,Goldfinch,5 Willow  Warbler,2 Little Owl,8 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Partridge,Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Greylag Geese,2 Whitethroat, Collared Dove.
Phil Matthews

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sunday 25th May 2014

Park Wood, Keighley 07.00-08.30 Guided Walk
Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Starling, Swallow.

M Doveston et al

Hewenden Res & Viaduct area
GCGrebe 2 adult & 2 young, Tufted Duck 2 males, Canada Goose 2 pairs with young, Mute Swan, Goosander female, Oystercatcher 2, Common Sandpiper, LBBGull, Sparrowhawk, Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Pied Wagtails, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,

M Doveston & DCBarker

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Saturday 24th May 2014

Shipley Glen
A half hour in the Glen showed just how much pressure and stress breeding birds are under. A Sparrowhawk burst through the canopy and plucked a Chaffinch from its perch and a little later, a similar bird was harassing a pair of Mistle Thrushes.  Elsewhere, a Jay, obviously up to no good, was being bombarded by Blue Tits, Great Tits and a couple of Blackbirds.
Paul King.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Wednesday 21st May 2014

Heather Park & Racecourse Plantation, St.Ives.
Cuckoo, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipits, Skylark, GSWdpkr at nest, GHeron, Swallow, Kestrel, Woodpigeon, Jay, Swift, House Martin, Song Thrush, several Redpoll, Bullfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Coal Tit,
M Doveston

Strid Woods  - Oystercatcher 4, Mallard good season with lots of duckling broods, Nuthatch 6, Song Thrush 7, Dipper 5, Goosander 2 females and 1 duckling, House Martin, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper 2, Sand Martin, Pied Flycatcher 4 males 2 females, Chiffchaff, Redstart 1 male, Blackcap, Mandarin pair. 37 species seen in total.
Phil Matthews

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Postscript to Sunday 19th May.

The identification of this bird  posted by Phil Matthews on Sunday last has not been straightforward.  Views have differed Stonechat or Whinchat. Opinion now seems to lean to Stonechat. If anybody disagrees please e mail BOG recorder.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Ben Rhydding G P - Grey Wagtail feeding young, Common Sandpiper, Dipper, Oystercatcher, Garden Warbler plus Otter seen.
Stephen Parkes

Private Wetlands ( permit holders only) - singing birds - 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiff-Chaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat. Also pair of Oystercatcher with 3 chicks, 2 Common Tern, 5 Tufted Duck, Curlew & kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 19 May 2014

Monday 19th May 2014

Dob Park Wood  

Pied Flyctchers this afternoon. Female was busy refurbishing nest  as well as feeding chicks. Two males were in attendance

Stephen  Lilley

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sunday 18 May 2014

Bradup & Whetstone - Linnet, 2 Wheatear, Redshank, Kestrel, 2 Snipe, pair of Stonechat plus Common Lizard & 30 plus Green Hairsteak buterflies.
Phil Matthew

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species recorded including Redpoll at feeder, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Goosander.
Crossflatts Railway Station - in neighbouring field this afternoon, singing Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff & Blackcap. Plenty of improving habitat growing now with the field unused so worth watching.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Saturday 17th May 2014

Barden Moor
Wheatear male, Curlew, Lapwing, Meadow Pipits

The Strid
2 Wood Warblers reported by other birders coming out of the woods.
Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Common Sandpiper, Mandarin, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, GSWdpkr, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swift, Swallow, Albino Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,

Barden Bridge area
Pied Flycatcher using natural hole, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Grey Wagtail, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant

Whetstone Gate & Quarry
Red Grouse, Stonechat, Curlew, Lapwing, Linnet, Meadow Pipit

Denholme Clough
2 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, GSWdpkr, Kestrel, Swift, Swallows, Grey Wagtail,

Tewitt Lane, Thornton/Harecroft
2 Raven heading south west, Curlew

M Doveston, C & G Howen 

Dob Park.
3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, GSW, Cuckoo at Folly Hall Farm.
 Female GSW feeding young at nest at Dob Park, note tongue.
Stephen Lilley

Friday, 16 May 2014

Friday 16 May 2014

Lower Kexgill, Dearstones- Tawny Owlet on ground, mother in trees.
3 Cuckoos in the area between Beamsley Beacon and Simon's Seat.
Roger Nelson

Bingley Moor/ Twelve Apostle Area - 5 pair of Golden Plover
Bradup - 2 Wheatear
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Thursday 15th May 2014

R Aire- Riddlesden Golf Club.

Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Kingfisher, 30+ Sand Martin, Goosander with chicks.
Stephen  Lilley

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Wednesday 14th May 2014

Hazlewood, Bolton Abbey - Spotted Flycatcher in garden.
Roger Nelson

A leucistic Greenfinch seen by Peter  Price in his garden at Allerton  on 12/5/14

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Barden Bridge & Strid Woods - 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dipper, 5 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 7 Redstart
18 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Mandarin, 3 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap (no Wood Warbler).  Tawny Owl with 3 recently fledged young,photo below
Chris King

Harden Moor - Good views of Cuckoo.
Ian Skayman

Monday, 12 May 2014

Monday 12th May 2014

Wyke - Little Egret seen flying SW over Wyke, seen from Caldene Fields
Martyn Priestley

Heather Park, St Ives - evening watch produced 8 flypasts by Woodcock, 2 calling Tawny Owls, Kestrel, distant Cuckoo call from Harden Moor area but also short "bubble" bursts of a female Cuckoo on the Park, & no midges!
Shaun Radcliffe et al

The Wheatears keep flowing through. Another six this morning.  I'm on holiday from tomorrow, so that's probably all of this species until they start to return in July.
Paul King

Whetstone - 3 Wheatear, pair of Stonechat, 6 Lapwing chicks plus Cuckoo heard towards Sunnydale.
Shaun Radcliffe
In addition to the cuckoo reported by Shaun the one in the photo was also present at Whetstone. This female appeared to be 'nest hunting' and appeared from the undergrowth and was pursued by two very aggravated Meadow Pipits.
Ian  Hargreaves

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sunday 11th May 2014

East Riddlesden Hall 07.00-10.00
A very successful guided bird watching walk at East Riddlesden Hall this morning produced the following;
2x Little Egrets (landed next to the stream before departing, one up river the other down), Goosander with chicks, 2 Mute Swans, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-headed Gull, Oystercatcher, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Swift, Sand Martin, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Hedge Accentor, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4x Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

M Doveston et al

Four Swifts flew over the Moor and there were seven Wheatears feeding on the Golf Course, some of them showing features of the Greenland race.  Other species included Grey Partridge, Red Grouse, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Snipe, Lapwing, Mallard, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Meadow Pipit, Sky Lark, Stock Dove, Reed Bunting and Linnet .
Shipley Glen
Three Swifts flew over the Glen and other birds included Jay, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Song Thrush.
Paul King.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Redpoll & 3 Bullfinch at feeders, male Kestrel alone with no sign of female, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, nearby street full of Swifts.
Amusing confrontation between an Oystercatcher with one of the 3 female Goosanders sleeping on the bank opposite. The wader obviously wanted to move one of the duck and kept walking nearer & nearer whilst piping. Did this bother the Goosander? Not at all and it slept on until the Oyk gave up & flew off.
Shaun Radcliffe
From the same site in the evening - 13 female & 4 male Goosanders roosting on the islands.
Steve Parkes

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Saturday 10 May 2014

BOG walk from Stockbridge Reserve to Low Wood Nature Reserve - some of the birds recorded were - Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, Blackcap, good views of Garden Warbler, Cuckoo heard, Swifts. Blackbird,  Mistle  & Song Thrush all singing. GSW seen briefly. Bluebells at Low Wood magnificent, Holly Blue butterfly at Stockbridge made it a great, DRY morning.
Shaun Radcliffe

Three female Wheatears and a pair of Grey Partridge.
Paul King

Friday, 9 May 2014

Friday 9 May 2014

Glovershaw - late evening, Grasshopper Warbler reeling close to wall, 50 yards from cattle grid towards horse track.
Shipley Glen Woods - Woodcock roding.
Shaun Radcliffe

Whetstone - 5 Wheatear (possible Greenland included), 20 Lapwing, 10 Curlew, 2 Snipe, single Whinchat.
David Gopal

Dudley Hill, South Bradford - female Wheatear.
Phil Matthews

Bingley - 3 Swifts mid-morning

East Riddlesden Hall -
Sedge Warbler singing from lakeside.
Swifts in the evening over the lakeside trees
M Doveston

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Thursday 8th May 2014

Hazlewood Moor - Marsh Harrier flew through going south.
Roger Nelson

After overnight rain and a brisk SW wind, at 8am there were eight Wheatears on the Golf Course. Six of them were female and two were male.
Paul King
At a sunny Washburn, a Garden Warbler.  photo: Mike Bloomfield
By contrast, on a dull, wet day a male Stonechat at Bradup.  photo: Phil Matthews

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Wednesday 7th May 2014

Toad Holes Beck - Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler. Also Lesser at Tong on 5th.
Martyn Priestley

Judy Woods - Lesser Whitethroat plus Blackcaps.
Jamie Brass

At the May Meeting the following Sightings were mentioned:
6th May - Grasshopper Warbler at Denholme Clough
3rd May - Lesser Whitethroat at Sun Lane Nature Reserve, Burley-in-Wharfedale (D. Parkin)

Another five Wheatears were feeding on the northern-most fairways. 

Stainburn Plantation
Three Tree Pipits - one singing and displaying and a pair in courtship flights.
Paul King

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Tuesday 6th May 2014

There were five female Wheatears on the Golf Course this morning.
Paul King

Billing Hill, Rawdon - pair of Whitethroat
Theo Kuechel

Bromley Road, Bingley - 2 Swifts.
Rex Holt

R. Aire, Bingley - Goosander with 3 Ducklings, Dipper carrying nest material.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 5 May 2014

Monday 5th May 2014

The passage of Wheatears continues with another three today, two of the birds were showing features associated with the Greenland race.
Paul King

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - single Swift today.
Martyn Priestley

Swifts now sighted over East Otley with originally 3 in the morning increased to five later in the day.
Theo Kuechal

Soil Hill - Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, singing Sedge Warbler, male Ring Ouzel.
Brian Sumner

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Sunday 4 May 2014

Esholt Sewage Works - singing Sedge Warbler, 5 singing Whitethroats, 2 House Martin, Gadwall.
Casper Pottle

Bolton Bridge - 2 Swifts
Roger Nelson

Between Otley & Burley - 8 Swifts. They are usually over Otley by the end of April.
Theo Kuechal

For the third consecutive day there were five Wheatears around the edges of the Golf Course.
Paul King

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Another five Wheatears this morning (two males and three females).
Paul King

3 Lapwing chicks, 2 Wheatears, Linnet. Cuckoo calling in distance towards Bingley Moor.

Whetstone  Gate.
Single Wheatear, pair Stonechats.
Stephen  Lilley

On a walk that took in Middleton Moor, Beamsley Beacon, Round Hill and back to Ilkley -Wheatears, Linnets, Kestrel & 2 Golden Plovers amongst other sightings.
Jan Stallworthy

Friday, 2 May 2014

Friday 2nd May 2014

Five Wheatears (one male and four females) on the 11th fairway of the Golf Course this pm.
Paul King

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Thursday 1 May 2014

Wyke Beck, South Bradford - Lesser Whitethroat.
Martyn Priestley

Bradup - 40 Lapwing some with chicks, 2 pair of linnet, male Stonechat near quarry, Redshank opposite Bradup, Herring Gull.
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve - singing Sedge Warbler (arrived 28th), pair of Redpoll still coming to feeder,
2 singing Whitethroat, pair of Bullfinch ( full song heard from hide). 31 species recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe