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

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday 31 August 2014

Nab Water Lane - single Whinchat.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, GSW, Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Two, possibly more, Spotted Flycatchers could be seen in the 'horse-field' hedgerow by Glovershaw Farm.  There was another one at nearby Golcar Farm.
Paul King.

Sconce Lane
A Yellow Wagtail in the fields by Faweather Green Farm, Sconce Lane, Baildon.
Yellow Wagtail seen across the fields on Sconce Lane.  Photo: Stephen Lilley.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saturday 30th August 2014

Barden Scale - single Swift seen along with House Martin, Swallow, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk.
Brian Vickers

Two Whinchats and three Wheatears in the area by the 11th fairway and Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thursday 28th August 2014

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 10 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Leeshaw Reservoir - 4 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

The juvenile Wheatear which has been seen on the 12th fairway of Baildon Golf Course since the 20th.  In recent days it has been joined by another Wheatear, possibly an adult.  Photo: Phil Mathews.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Strid Woods - adult Spotted Flycatcher plus a juv, female Redstart.
Barden back road - adult Spotted Flycatcher.
Ungayne Bank, Bolton Abbey - Browncap, juv Chiff-Chaff & Willow Warbler
Roger Nelson

Scargill Reservoir - Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit.
Spotted Flycatcher at John o'Gaunt & Beaverdyke Reservoirs.
Single Little Egret at Lindley Wood Reservoir.
John Poland

Sconce Lane area - party of 5 Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, 2 Wheatear, 5 Stock Dove
Birch Close Lane - single Wheatear.
Shaun Radcliffe

There were five Wheatears around the Golf Course, including the 'downy' juvenile which has been resident around the 12th green since the 20th.  A Little Grebe and a couple of Moorhens could be seen on the lake behind the Pennithorne Plantation.
Paul King

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday 25th August 2014

A couple of Wheatears and a Whinchat and a small group of six Curlews which included mostly juvenile birds.  A flock of at least 50 birds, Pipits, Reed Buntings and Skylarks swirled around Pennithorne Hill as a tractor, hauling a large spiked roller, continued the process of flattening the ferns.
Paul King

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday 24 August 2014

Barden Scale/Wharfedale - Red Kite, Marsh Harrier (juv), Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel,
Merlin 2 (one a juv), Peregrine. Osprey recorded the previous day.
Tony Gough

Fall Top area of Clayton - 2 Kestrel, 10 Meadow Pipits, 25 Swallow, 16 Goldfinch, 6 House Martin, Redstart, Pied Wagtail, 5 Starling.
James Brass

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 31 Wheatear in and around.
Brian Sumner

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch
Margaret & Peter Riley.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday 23 August 2014

Ben Rhydding garden - first time in 22 years, Spotted Flycatcher.
Helen Kidman (its also David's garden!)

R. Aire, Bingley - Wood Duck, nearby a Common Buzzard, singing Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

A Redstart at Golcar Farm and on the Golf Course, the same 'downy' looking Wheatear which was there three days ago.  It appears to have taken up residence around the 12th green!
Paul King

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday 22 August 2014

Raven Royd Farm near Marley - 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Thursday 21 August 2014

Red Kite seen across Wyke towards Low Moor this morning.
Chris Airey

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - on a filthy morning, a Redstart showed well perched on top of a bullrush in front of hide.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Sconce area - 4 Whitethroat, pair of Stonechat, 2 Redstart, plenty of Willow Warbler (one in song), Wheatear, 2 Little Owl, Kestrel.
Glovershaw - Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove.
Birch Close Lane - 2 Little Owl
Little London - 2  Spotted Flycatcher
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw (8.15am)
Around the Golf Course there were two Wheatears, one a very young bird with mostly 'downy' feathers.  An adult Red Grouse with two juveniles, a flock of 20 plus Goldfinch and plenty of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings on the bracken and walls.
Shipley Glen
A Green Woodpecker flew over.
Paul King

Two action shots of a Wheatear and a Whinchat, both seen in the south of the area on 19th August. photo: Brian Sumner

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tuesday 19th August 2014

Fly Flatts - 8 Wheatear, Whinchat
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, Whinchat, 2 Raven
Brian Vickers

A Redstart at Golcar Farm
Shipley Glen
A mixed flock of 40 to 50 passerines, mainly comprising of juvenile Willow Warblers and Long-tailed Tits feeding in the Birch trees.  Across in the fields an adult Grey Partridge was seen with eight young birds.
Paul King

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday 18th August 2014

Whetstone - 2 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet.
Shaun Radcliffe

There were four Whinchats, an adult with three young birds on the walls near Golcar Farm.  In the same area a family of five Reed Buntings, a Whitethroat and a Wheatear.
Paul King
A juvenile Spotted Flycatcher seen at Golcar, last Friday (15th).  Photo: Stephen Lilley.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday 18 August 2014

Keighley Reservoir - 2 Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, Stonechat, Whinchat & Wheatear.
Peter Williams

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Reed Warbler briefly perched on cage of feeder,
Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap & 4 Grey Heron on islands.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday 16th August 2014

Lindley Wood Reservoir - still has the 4 Little Egret. Earlier in week, up to 7 G C G counted with a pair with 2 young.
Tony Gough

Royds Hall/Judy Woods - Mute Swan with 7 cygnets, 2 GCG, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 50 Swallow.
James Brass

Denholme Clough
2 Redstart, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Kestrel
Sparrowhawk, 40+House Sparrow, Goldfinch,
Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit, LBBGull

Doe Park Res - good shoreline

Station Road, Harecroft
40+Swallows, Wheatear, 30+BHGulls

M Doveston

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday 15 August 2014

Lindley Wood Reservoir - 4 Little Egret showing well plus G C G with 3 young.
Theo Kuechal

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Thursday 14 August 2014

Otley - 50 Swifts moving west ahead of thunderstorms, 12 Swallow west, 25 House Martin, Curlew with Red Kite & Buzzard nearby.
Theo Kuechal

4 Little Egrets at Lindley Wood Reservoir.  The birds seem to be spending most of their time in the river channel at what is presently the up valley end of the reservoir and so can be out of sight.  Also a Common Sandpiper there, possibly 2 different birds.
Tony Gough

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Lower Laithe Reservoir - Common Scoter, Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant
Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Swift, 3 Cormorant.
Brian Vickers 

Lindley Wood Reservoir - 3 Little Egrets - 2 up valley of the aqueduct, the other down the valley.
Also 2 Grey Heron, 4 adult G C Grebe plus 4 Cormorant.
Tony Gough
Behind Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - in one small bare bush - Wood Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler plus 6 Reed Bunting.
Glovershaw - Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting.
Golcar Farm - Spotted Fly
Sconce area - flock of 50 Goldfinch, Stock Dove, Little Owl with juv.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday 10 August 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir - 10 Cormorant plus 3 east, 12 Golden Plover, 200 plus Lapwing, Curlew
Brian Sumner

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff plus plenty of young birds at the feeders during the driving rain.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 9 August 2014

Ogden Reservoir - 3 drake Common Scoter, an adult G C Grebe plus 2 juvs.
Brian Sumner

Friday, 8 August 2014

Friday 8th August 2014

Four Whitethroats (two adults and two juveniles) were feeding in a small hawthorn bush alongside the Glen Road.  On the road to Crook Farm an adult pair were also seen.  At Birch Close a pair have been seen engaged in feeding at the nest site during the week.
Paul King

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Thursday 7th August 2014

Sconce/ Glovershaw area - probably saw the same Whitethroat as Paul (see below) but my bird was carrying food. 2 Redstarts near the horse track, 2 Wheatear, Garden Warbler, male Reed Bunting carrying food, 7 singing Willow Warbler, juv Little Owl at Birch Close Lane plus an adult near Sconce Lane, flock of 15 Linnet feeding on Dock seed near Faweather Farm, Wall Brown Butterfly.
Red Kite over the road at Dick Hudsons.

A juvenile Stonechat, a family of six Grey Partridge and a Whitethroat at Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Tuesday 5 August 2014

Embsay - in hedges on road to Halton East, 60 Tree Sparrows seen plus a Little Owl.
Clare Dunn

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Wheatear, 3 Snipe, Whitethroat, juvenile Comorant flying around as well as a flock of 9 Dunlin.
Matt Bell

Keighley Reservoir - plenty of birds in the bracken such as Willow Warbler, 2 family of Whinchat, Stonechat family (numbers of young unknown because of dense bracken), 4 Wheatear, 2 Raven overhead.
Ian Hargreaves

Four Wheatears around the Golf Course, a Spotted Flycatcher was feeding at Golcar Farm and a family of six Grey Partridges were at Birch Close.
Paul King

Monday, 4 August 2014

Monday 4th August 2014

There were three Wheatears on the Golf Course and at Birch Close Lane a Whitethroat was carrying food.  At Golcar Farm, a Spotted Flycatcher was feeding in the sun and the nearby trees held a Whitethroat , two Song Thrushes and a male Redstart.  Swallows, House Martins and a couple of Swifts flew over.
Paul King

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday 3 August 2014

Embsay - 6 Tree Sparrow.
Clare Dunn

Fly Flatts Reservoir - an amazing 31 Wheatear around the shoreline with more birds on the moor.
Brain Sumner

The work at Keighley Reservoir is now almost complete and the footpath diversion that had been in place from Slippery Ford for most of the summer has now been lifted. The work has resulted in water levels that are incredibly low leaving a dry, arid landscape with several pools and islands that should look tempting to passage waders. 
This morning a Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipers were present. 
Ian Hargreaves
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded including Bullfinch, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Warbler, Kestrel, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Jay & GSW.
Alan Cooper (with SR who stupidly forgot his bins!)

Four Wheatears, six Swifts and a Whitethroat at its nest site.
Paul King

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Five Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course, a post-breeding flock of 20+ Goldfinch and a dozen low-flying Swallows were also seen around the fairways.
Paul King