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

Monday, 30 June 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

Sandwith Moor - 20 Curlew feeding in newly cut field. Whitethroat singing next to Stainburn car park.
Scargill Pasture - Wheatear, Skylark carrying food, 2 Stock Dove with 2 young, Snipe heard "chipping",
distant call of a single Golden Plover.
Scargill Res. - Linnet with 2 juvs, Reed Bunting calling, 2 Oystercatchers.
From wood below Res to Long Liberty Farm - Marsh Tit, Redstart carrying food, juv Tree Sparrow plus Comma Butterfly.
John o'Gaunt Res - Female tufted Duck with 12d, 15 Lapwing, adult Snipe with a juv feeding on the fringe, good views of singing Sedge Warbler plus Stock Doves calling from two sites.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday 29 June 2014

Fly Flatts Res (Warley Moor) - 3 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 3Snipe, 12 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oyks, Curlew & Lapwing.
Brian Sumner.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Redpoll, juv Bullfinches, Chiff-Chaffs, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, a few juv Jackdaws about. No Whitethroat or Reed Warbler seen but Kingfisher turning up at each visit just now. Juv Reed Bunting noted.
Two days ago, Cuckoo was heard & later seen on the reserve.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Saturday 28 June 2014

Members only reservoir - Yellow-legged Herring Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Common Sandpiper,
2 Redshank, LBB on the increase, 32 Curlew N/W.
Brian Sumner

Wagon Lane, Bingley - Reed Warbler still in reeds next to sports ground, now for over a fortnight. Showing well but no signs of breeding seen by me but Jon Middleton has twice seen a bird carrying food.
Bingley centre - on canal, two young Wood Duck.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 27 June 2014

Friday 27th June, 2014

Eccleshill Area
A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has been seen visiting a garden feeder during the week.
Mike Welsh

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Thursday 26 June 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Redpoll back at the feeders, Whitethroat, singing Blackcap & Garden Warbler, plenty of Great & Blue Tit young. Reed Warbler appears to be bringing food to nest site.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw.
A visiting Cormorant at Stockbridge.  Photo: Paul Croft

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Knotford Nook - Gallows Hill - Marsh Tit, Green Woodpecker, G C G juv on river.
Bradup - Redshank, 5 Oystercatchers, Curlew chick seen, 2 Snipe with chick, female Wheatear.
Phil Matthews

Wharfe Valley below Otley - 8 Kites circling high.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 23 June 2014

Monday 23 June 2014

Cock Hill, Oxenhope - 8 Golden Plover
Steve Parkes

Bradup - Snipe plus 2 chicks & another adult drumming.
Whetstone - juv ale Stonechat
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sunday 22 June 2014

Bingley Bog North - 4 Goldfinch, 2 Whitethroat, 2 male Blackcap, 2 adult Willow Warbler plus 3 juvs, Kestrel, 2 Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting - also Ringlet, Meadow Brown & Large Skipper butterflies.
On the previous day on a circular walk taking in Dowley Gap to Cottingley Bridge & including the riverside walk - Willow Warbler 4, Canada Geese with broods of 4 & 5, Mallard with 6d, Reed Warbler, House Martin breeding in Wagon Lane, Grey Wagtail, 8 Sand Martin, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Oystercatcher.
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 31 species recorded this morning including the following -
Kingfisher, now visiting more regularly, Bullfinch with 3 juvs, singing Blackcap & Garden Warbler, juv Whitethroat plus adult singing, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting singing. Plenty of young birds around the feeder such as Blue & Great Tits, Redpoll at feeder & GSW along river bank.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Friday, 20 June 2014

Thursday continued

Bents Lane, Harecroft - Whitethroat seen carrying food.
Matt Bell

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Thursday 19th June 2014

Breeding Birds - Photos by Penny French

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Monday 16 June 2014

Barden Moor - male Whinchat.
Kempley Pond, Halton East - 2 Shelduck plus 8 young, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 young Moorhen.
Clare Dunn

Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday 13 June 2014

Wagon Lane, Bingley - small reedbed next to sports club - singing Reed Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Thursday 12 June 2014

Timble Ings - several Woodcock this evening plus Cuckoo heard.
Ian Skayman

Barden Bridge - Strid Woods - male Redstart carrying food, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Grey Wagtails,
Common Sandpiper, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher.
David Kidman

Stockbridge Resere (members only) - pair of Whitethroat with 2 juvs, Kingfisher, Sedge Warbler,
Reed Warbler, Bullfinch pair with 4 juvs, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff.
Field opposite Bingley Grammar School - pair of Whitethroat with young which have fledged. Numbers not known as the young are staying below the large blackberry patch in various places.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen & Glovershaw
A Green Woodpecker flew across the Glen Road and an adult Great Spotted with two juveniles, passed through the gardens on Lucy Hall Drive.  At Glovershaw, three pairs of Grey Partridge were seen, four Snipe were flushed from watery hollows and an alert Redshank and lots of Lapwings circled their breeding area.  Ten Willow Warblers and four Reed Buntings were heard during the walk.
Paul King

Monday, 9 June 2014

Monday 9th June 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir
Oystercatchers have successful produced two chicks.

Both photos and report are by Brian Sumner. 

Saturday 7 June 2014

Oxenhope - 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers with 2 chicks, singing Sedge Warbler.
Brian Sumner

Friday, 6 June 2014

Friday 6 June 2014

Opposite Bingley Grammar School - pair of nesting Whitethroat bringing in food, also Blackcap & Chiff-Chaff singing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Wednesday 4th June

My Garden, Riddlesden.

On my feeders   12 Siskin, 4  Lesser Redpoll, 2 House Sparrow(unusual in my garden) 4 Bullfinch (3 male).
Stephen  Lilley

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Bradup - farmer disturbed 3 Redshank in distant field. Looked to be all adults. Cuckoo heard in direction of Rivock Edge. 2 Lapwing chicks at Whetstone Allotments.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 2 June 2014

Monday 2nd June 2014

Between Embsay & Halton - pond holds Shelduck & 9 ducklings but today a Little Egret took off from the site.
Shaun Pickard

Shipley Glen
There are lots of young birds now being fed on the wing, these include Robins, Great Tits, Mistle Thrush, and Great Spotted Woodpecker.  In addition, Treecreepers and Nuthatches are feeding at the nest sites.  On the Glen Road at least six male Willow Warblers and three male Reed Buntings were singing.  Two Whitethroats were in full song, a pair of Curlew were very vocal and Dunnocks and Linnets were also noted.
Paul King

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sunday 1 June 2014

Cuckoo also on Harden Moor in the evening.
Ian Skayman

Embsay Reservoir - 2 sightings of Little Owl plus Cuckoo calling.
Shaun Pickard

Elam Wood, Riddlesden - GSW (2), Chiff-Chaff & on nearby canal, Mute Swan with
5 cygnets.
Penny French

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Sedge & Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler. Kestrel situation is female has gone with just male in box. Good views of Whitethroats plus Brimstone Butterfly.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Shipley Glen
Cuckoo heard this pm
A Grasshopper Warbler seen by Brian Sumner on Soil Hill