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

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Harold Park Dam - G C G still incubating its clutch, 2 Little Grebe, 17 Tufted Duck, 50 Swallow &
6 Sand Martin over the water.
Jamie Brass

Shipley Town Centre - Red Kite flew over the market square.
Peter Hughes

Monday, 27 April 2015

Monday 27th April 2015

Lower Barden Reservoir area - Ring Ouzel (youngish male), Common Sandpiper,
Cuckoo ( heard over the last few days), 4 Wheatear, 3 Skylark, 20 Greylag with 4 gosling
Lapwing with chicks
Roger Nelson

Washburn Valley, Dob Park area - 10 singing Redstart, single male Pied Flycatcher
Mike Bloomfield & Richard Butler

Whetstone and Bradup
Wheatear, Redshank, Snipe, Lapwing, Curlew, Red Grouse, Meadow Pipit,
Linnet, Kestrel

East Riddlesden Hall

Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin, Bullfinches, Nuthatch,

Crossflatts Primary
2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap

M Doveston

Nine Wheatears, five at Birch Close Lane and four on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sunday 26th April 2015

Fly Flatts - 11 Common Sandpiper, 6 Wheatear
Brian Sumner

Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

St.Ives Estate 07.00-11.00
Wood Warbler (at the foot of the hill to Lady Blantyre's), Crossbill and Redpoll in Racecourse Plantation, 10+Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, GSWdpkr, Green Wdpkr,
Sparrowhawk, G Heron, Mute Swan, 5♂Pheasant

East Riddlesden Hall
Garden Warbler, Sand Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap,
Pair of Reed Bunting (♀ with nest material), Bullfinch, Nuthatch
M Doveston

Eight Wheatears - six at Birch Close Lane and two on the Golf Course.  Two pairs of Grey Partridge, one pair of Red Grouse, three Snipe and a few Lapwing chicks.
Paul King

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday 25th April 2015

BOG Walk from Bingley to Saltaire
35 Species seen: Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Grey Wagtail, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Mallard, Grey Heron, Dipper, Wren, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Blackbird, Starling, Woodpigeon, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mute Swan, Magpie, House Sparrow, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Oystercatcher, Dunnock, Jay.  The highlight was probably watching a Dipper at the nest site.
Paul King

Barden Bridge to Strid Woods - Common Sandpiper, Dippers feeding young at nests, 4 male Pied Fly, Woodcock in woods.
Roger Nelson

Leeshaw - 20 species recorded including - a male & female Wheatear, Golden Plover & Willow Warbler
Steve Parkes

Two photos from Roger Wilkinson - A female Goosander with ten chicks and a male Mandarin Duck prospecting a hole.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Friday 24th April 2015


2 Redshank
Stephen  Lilley

Eight Wheatears, six at the end of Birch Close Lane and two feeding on the Golf Course.  Snipe very active and Lapwings protecting a number of chicks.  Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings are around in good numbers.
Paul King

Fly Flatts - 4 Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Snipe
Nab Water Lane - male Whinchat, Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thursday 23 April 2015

Bolton Bridge to Hazlewood - Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Tree Pipit
Roger Nelson

Yeadon Tarn
Two Common Terns still about.  They came in briefly and departed across the airfield at 4pm.
Two Wheatears this morning, one on the 14th fairway and the other at Birch Close Lane. Two more Lapwing chicks.
Paul King

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Tuesday 21st April

Stainburn Forest  

Single singing Tree Pipit

Stephen  Lilley

Glovershaw -Lapwings now have chicks - three seen.
Paul King

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - pair of Common Tern, Garden Warbler, Reed Bunting, Willow Warblers.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 20 April 2015

Monday 20 April 2015

Soil Hill - there are now 3 pairs of Ring Ouzel on passage.
Brian Sumner

Judy Woods - woods alive with birds including - 2 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker,
Treecreeper, Nuthatch, GSW, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap & 2 Swallow.
Jamie Brass

Barden Bridge to Strid Woods - some of the birds seen - 3 male Pied Flycatchers (one singing, showing well & defending nest box territory, another investigating natural holes), Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker,
Tawny Owl, pair of Redshank.
Storiths back Road - cock Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warbler.
Hazlewood - cock Redstart in & around garden.
Roger Nelson

Two female Wheatears this morning and plenty of activity amongst the breeding Snipe with three birds belting round whilst a fourth was sitting on a post.
Yeadon Tarn
Two Common Terns still present this afternoon and two pairs of Great Crested Grebes were also on the tarn. One bird was occupying a nest.
Paul King

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday 19th April 2015

Soil Hill - 2m & 3f Ring Ouzel
Brian Sumner

Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 230 Golden Plover (some Northern Race)
Brian Vickers

Fly Flatts - 3 Shelduck, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Wheatear
Brian Sumner

St.Ives Estate 08:00-10:00
Tree Pipit over Heather Park area,
40+Linnet on STRi Lawns,
Numerous Blackcap, Willow Warbler,
7+Chiffchaff, Swallow, Skylark,
Nuthatch, Treecreeper, GSWdpkr, Jay
Mute Swan still present on Coppice Pond
Little Owl, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant

Harden Moor Keighley Rd Car Park
6 Redpoll flew toward St.Ives

M Doveston

A flock of 22 Golden Plovers.
Paul King

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Saturday 18th April 2015

Gallows Hill, Otley - female Goosander with 20 young (possible creche but young all the same size), Blackcap, Wilow warbler & Chiff-Chaff all singing.
Theo Kuechel

Strid Woods - Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Chiff-Chaff & Willow Warbler.
Brian Vickers

Yeadon Tarn
Two Common Tern were there at 3.30pm.

One of the birds was carrying a ring.                                 Photos: Paul King
Three Wheatears this morning on the 8th fairway.
Paul King

Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday 17 April 2015

Soil Hill - 2m & f Ring Ouzel
Brian Sumner

Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Storith Road - 3m Redstart, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, f Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Jay
Brian Vickers

Timble Ings & southern edge - 3 Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, 2 Tree Pipit, Pied Flycatcher, Tawny Owl plus singing Redpoll.
John Brooks

Harold Park - 20 Swallow
Jamie Brass

Yeadon Tarn - 50 Swallow, 75 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, Willow Warbler
Theo Kuechel

3 Wheatear
Paul King

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thursday 16 April 2015

Harden Moor - Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin, Sparrowhawk, Redpoll
Nigel Priestley

Seven Wheatears on the Golf Course and at the end of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015

5pm - Nine Wheatears.
Paul King

Whetstone Gate - 1 pair Wheatear
Bradup - 1 Wheatear

Yeadon Tarn
Swallows, Sand Martin, House Martin, GCGrebe

Private Wetlands - Permit Holders Only
Common Sandpiper, House Martin, Sand Martin
Swallows, Redshank, Oystercatcher,
Goldeneye♀, Wigeon♀, GCGrebe, Cormorant,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting

Redcar Tarn
Swallow, Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck
M Doveston, S Radcliffe

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Ogden Reservoir - Common Scoter
Brian Sumner

Glovershaw - Six Wheatears on the 11th fairway of the Golf Course and at Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Monday, 13 April 2015

Monday 13th April 2015

Fly Flatts - 34 Golden Plover, 3 Redshank, Wheatear
Barden - Chiff-Chaff
Storiths Road - Swallows, Sand Martins plus 2 House Martin
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw - Seven Wheatears on the 11th Fairway of the Golf Course and seven Willow Warblers singing on the north side of Pennythorn Hill.
Paul King

Whetstone - 320 Golden Plovers flying south in 7 "V" shaped flocks.
Bradup - male Wheatear, single Redshank
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday catch up

Caused by computer problems!

Esholt S W - House Martin, Swallow, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, pair of Gadwall, Dipper
Casper Pottle

Shelf area - 5 Chiff-Chaff, Swallow, Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove
Jamie Brass

Ben Rhydding G P - Swallow, 16 Sand Martin, Kingfisher carrying food.
Steve Parkes

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sunday 12th April 2015

Royds Hall - GCG nest building, Willow Warbler, Blackcap
Jamie Brass 

St.Ives - Coppice Pond, Bog and Blantyre's Rock area
Several Willow Warblers, 3+Chiffchaff, 
the Mute Swan remains, Coot, Moorhen,
Jay, Nuthatch, GSWdpkr, Greylag, Canada Goose

Doe Park Res
Shelduck, 3 Cormorant, Canada Goose
Several Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,
LBBGull, 2 Herring Gull 1st W

Redcar Tarn
21 Tufted Duck, Common Gull, Lapwing
Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, BHGulls

East Riddlesden Hall
Mute Swan on lake

M Doveston

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Saturday 11th April 2015

Yeadon Tarn
There were 24 Tufted Ducks, all now in pairs. A pair of Great Crested Grebes and four Swallows with a similar number of Sand Martins were feeding over the tarn.
Paul King

Friday, 10 April 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

A male Wheatear at Golcar Farm, two Willow Warblers at Pennythorn Plantation and five male Reed Buntings identified on territory around Baildon Moor.
Paul King
A Nuthatch in Strid Woods.                                                                                                       Photo: Roger Nelson

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Thursday 9th April 2015

Leeming - 2 Swallows
Martin Millard

Barden Bridge to Strid Woods - 9 Sand Martin, 2 Redshank on backwater, Kingfisher, 2 Goosander,
2 pair of Mandarin, 2 pair of Grey Wagtail, 2 Dipper, at least 8 Nuthatch.
Roger Nelson

Coldstone Beck, Burley - 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Stonechat plus Wheatears
Jeremy Taylor

Glovershaw - On a warm, dry morning a pair of Redshank, 25 pairs of Lapwing, three pairs of Curlew and an estimated six pairs of Snipe were very active in the fields by Golcar Farm.  Elsewhere a Willow Warbler sang at Pennythorn Plantation and three pairs of Oystercatcher were in fields near Weecher.
Paul King

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

6 April 2015 - part 2

Barley Cote, Riddlesden - single Swallow
Rex Holt

Birch Close Lane - melanistic Pheasant
Weecher area - Kestrel & Greenfinches
Horncliffe Well - Wheatear, Jack Snipe (this sighting withdrawn since by observer)
Peter Hughes

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 3 Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, 2 Treecreepers, 10-15 Golden Plovers flew over, Green Woodpecker yaffle.
David & Helen Kidman - (this entry should have read 5th April)

Nab Water Lane - 6 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Monday, 6 April 2015

Monday 6 April 2015

Nab Water Lane - Black Redstart seen at 13.00 just above Nan Scar where second footpath sign is. Bird was on wall with Wheatears.
Ian Skayman

Keighley Moor Reservoir - Osprey flying N at 10.45. Also a pair of Wigeon (very unusual here) plus single Pink-footed Goose, 102 Golden Plover.
Slippery Ford - Wheatear
Ian Hargreaves

Lower Barden Reservoir - 8 Whoopers (Tong Park birds?)
Halton Heights - 3 Kestrel, 130 Fieldfare flying N
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sunday 5 April 2015

Tong Park, Baildon - 8 Whoopers flew N W.
Spring Woods - plenty of Chiff-Chaff plus 2 Mandarin on pool near to woods.
Roger Wilkinson

Saturday 4 April 2015

Golcar Farm - 283 Golden Plover (counted from foto).
Roger Wilkinson

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Tuesday 2nd April 2015

Barden to Cavendish Pavilion - 5 Dipper, 3 Goosander, GSW, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Mandarin
4 Oystercatcher.
Richard Butler

Judy Woods - Chiff-Chaff, 3 GSW, 12 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreepers, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel
Jamie Brass

Four male Wheatears on the Golf Course and at Birch Close Lane. A Redshank, two pairs of Curlew, two pairs of Oystercatcher and numerous Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Lapwing.
Paul King