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 May 2015

Sunday 31st May 2015

St.Ives Estate 0700-0930
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Pheasant, Little Owl
Long-tailed Tit with young, Mute Swan,
lots of Canada Geese, GSWdpkr, Swallow

M Doveston et al 

R. Aire /Keighley Golf Club.

Garden Warbler opposite bank to Golf Club .

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Saturday 30th May 2015

Garden  Riddlesden.

Bullfinches are daily visitors to my feeders throughout the year, a healthy population appears to be thriving locally. Last Autumn I noted on one day  6 individuals on my feeders at one time, so it was no surprise to see three young on the feeders today.

Stephen  Lilley

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Wednesday 27th May 2015

Shipley Glen
A pair of Green Woodpeckers are in the vicinity of Brackenhall.
A pair of Linnets were seen collecting nest materials (wool) and Skylarks were very active on rough ground alongside the Golf Course.
Paul King.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tuesday 26th May 2015

John o'Gaunt's Reservoir

2 Pair Redstart

Stephen  Lilley

Monday, 25 May 2015

Monday 25th May 2015

Goit Stock 09.30-11.00
Cuckoo heard calling on the woodland edge, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler, Swift, Swallow, Mallard, Goosander♀ flew out of woods, G Heron
M. Doveston et al

Strid Wood
43 species, including pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, common sandpiper, kestrel, redstart (heard), cuckoo, grey wagtail, great spotted woodpecker and mandarin.
Helen & David Kidman

Bradup and Whetstone 
Snipe 6-7 (1 with 2 chicks), Skylark 3, Little Owl 1, Cuckoo 1, Oystercatcher 2, Redshank 1, Stonechat pair, Linnet pair, Greylag Goose 5 adults with c 4 goslings, Blackbird 2 juveniles.

Phil Matthews
Battle Royal! Nuthatch at war.  Photo: Stephen Parkes
Adult Snipe with two chicks at Bradup.  Photo: Phil Matthews
One of the pair of Stonechats at Whetstone.    Photo: Phil Matthews

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sunday 24th May 2015

St.Ives Estate 07.00-10.00
Mute Swan still present on Coppice Pond
3 Pairs of Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Mallard
Moorhen, Coot, ♀Goosander flying around woods,
Redpoll, Pheasant, 8+Stock Pigeon, Swallows
10 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler,
Jay, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, GSWdpkr

M Doveston et al

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Saturday 23rd May 2015

A walk along the Glen Road and around Golcar produced 12 Willow Warblers and six male Reed Buntings. Four pairs of Grey Partridge, five pairs of Curlew and a good number of Starlings feeding their broods in the fields.  In the Lapwing colony at Golcar, 20 chicks, in various stages of development were seen. A Cuckoo was calling from the Pennithorne Plantation.
Paul King

Hollings and Oldfield
A Cuckoo was heard in this area this morning.
Nigel Ward

Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday 22nd May 2015

A Cuckoo was watched as it was chased by a couple of Meadow Pipits.  Also present were: 13 Willow Warblers, four singing Reed Buntings a pair of Stonechats and a pair of Linnets.  A couple of Kestrels were hunting across the moor.
Paul King.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Bradup to Whetstone Gate

Male Linnet in bright breeding plumage
At least 2 pair of Snipe
Lapwing with chicks
Curlew, Wheatear (saw one in  exactly same spot one week ago)
Pair of Stonechat opposite quarry.
Swallows nesting in outbuilding by cottage at Bradup.
6 Swifts
Redshank feeding in sheepfield
Stephen Lilley

A female Wheatear near the 11th fairway.
15 Swifts feeding over the moor.

Shipley Glen
Survey of birds on the Baildon side of the Glen:
A Green Woodpecker and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Three pairs of Nuthatch including a pair at the nest site (see photos).
11 male Blackbirds, singing and guarding territory.
Five singing male Chaffinches.
Two singing Willow Warblers.
Two pairs of Jays.
Five singing Robins.
Paul King

Bringing in the food.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tuesday 19th May 2015


Three images by Roger Nelson showing what is currently happening on the moors of Upper Wharfedale.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday 17th May 2015

East Riddlesden Hall - Birds & Breakfast walk
Garden Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Goosander♀
Grey Wagtail with young, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting
Swifts, Swallows, Sand Martins, Kestrel
Pheasant, Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Goldfinch
Moorhen, Mallard, Canada Geese, Jay, GSWdpkr

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) 40 species
Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Jay, GSWdpkr,
Swallow, Sand Martin, Swift, LBBGull,
BHGull, Pheasant, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard,
Canada Goose, Goosander♀,

M Doveston et al

Bradup  - Pair of Linnet gathering nesting material (horse hair) in paddock next to cottage.

Stephen Lilley

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Saturday 16th May 2015

Redcar Tarn
Numerous Swifts, Swallows, House Martins,
Tufted Duck, Mallard, Black-headed Gull,
1st Summer Herring Gull,

Slippery Ford area
Golden Plover, Curlew, Lapwing,
Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper
Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Swallow,
LBBGull, BHGull, Kestrel, Pheasant

East Riddlesden Hall - lakeside
Blackcap, Song Thrush, Blackbird,
Bullfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches,
Goldfinches, Hedge Accentor, Nuthatch,
GSWdpker ♂, Starling at feeders, Jay
Swift, Chiffchaff

M Doveston

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wednesday 13 May 2014

Toad Holes Beck - Lesser Whitethroat singing.
Martyn Priestley

Hazelwood Moor - Red Grouse with chicks, Cuckoo oddly feeding on the ground in the heather.
Yesterday - Nr Hare Head, Bolton Abbey - 16 Golden Plover all in breeding plumage still feeding as a flock. In previous years, by now birds are usually sitting on egg or even with chicks.
Roger Nelson

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sunday 10th May 2015

A dozen Swifts were feeding over the moor and a couple of Herring Gulls went over.  Four Wheatears were seen on the Golf Course and amongst the activity in Golcar Farm fields where Lapwing and Snipe were prominent there were two pairs of Curlew and a couple of pairs of Grey Partridge.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Grasshopper Warbler heard this morning.
Margaret & Peter Riley

Redcar Tarn (PM)
Lapwing, Tufted Duck, Swallows, Pied Wagtails,
Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Canada Geese, LBBGulls
BHGulls, Starlings, Rook,

Denholme Clough (AM)
♀Redstart, Sand Martin colony with 3 pairs,
Swallows, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps,
Long-tailed Tit, 3 Jay, 6 Linnet
2 Herring Gull through West

East Riddlesden Hall - Riverside
Swifts, 30+Sand Martin, Kingfisher,
2♂Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Pair Reed Bunting,

M Doveston

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Saturday 9th May 2015

Bolton Bridge - Swift

Kex Gill roadside -
Common Sandpiper, Red-legged Partridge

Whetstone & Bradup
Swift, Cuckoo, Redshank, Snipe, Kestrels
Lapwing with chicks, Linnet, Swallow,
2♀ Wheatear, Ring Ouzel (briefly),
Red Grouse, Curlew, Meadow Pipit,
Stonechat♀, Pheasant, Skylark

M Doveston
A daytime flying Tawny Owl in Wharfedale.  Photo: Roger Nelson

Friday, 8 May 2015

Friday 8th May 2015

A Stock Dove, a visitor to a Haworth garden.               Photo: Stephen Parkes
Two pairs of Linnets, two pairs of Reed Buntings and five Wheatears.  A Redshank in Golcar Fields but was being hassled by a Lapwing whilst five chicks could be seen.
Paul King

An Alpine Swift was reported over Booth's Supermarket at 15.35 this afternoon.  More info required.
via Mike Bloomfield

Barden Bridge to Strid Woods - at 13.30, Osprey flew up river whilst being mobbed by Jackdaws. In the woods, up to 10 Nuthatch & 4 Pied Fly, Redstarts plus 2 Common Sandpiper on river.
Ian Skayman

Thursday 7 May 2014

Kex Gill - Cuckoo heard, mating Redshank, 12 Greylag, 2 Red-legged Partridge
Steve Parkes

Wharfe Valley - Hobby
Roger Nelson

Three Wheatears.
Paul King

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Prior to the rain this morning five Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Here are some recent images of birds in Airedale taken by Phil Matthews.
A female Wheatear
Meadow Pipit

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Tuesday 5th May 2015

A male Pied Flycatcher in the Washburn Valley.  Photo: Peter Curran

Monday, 4 May 2015

Monday 4th May 2015

Bradup -Lapwing 60+ (no chicks seen), Curlew 8, Wheatear 2m 3f, Red Grouse 6, Kestrel 7 sightings (included 3 hunting together and 2 displaying), Meadow Pipit 50+, Snipe 2, Linnet 2, Redshank 1, Skylark a single singing bird.
Phil Matthews

Washburn Valley - numerous Redstart, a few Pied Fly, Cuckoo calling, Green Woodpecker yaffing,
Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Willow Warbler plus hares seen.
Peter Curran

March Cote Lane Cottingley - 
Barn Swallow with unusual rufous underparts
reported yesterday & is there today (11.30).
Subspecies yet to be verified.
Bird is near No 5 where there is an open area & perches on nearby wires. Reported to have been in the area for a few days with Barn Swallows.
Shaun Radcliffe - not seen at noon.

Silsden Reservoir - male Wood Duck
Mark Dawson

East Otley - 3 Swifts
Theo Kuechel

Pity Beck - GSW, Kestrel, 4 House Martin collecting mud, 4 Willow Warbler, 20 Linnet, Blackcap plus possible Osprey heading NW steadily but not sure & far off Buzzard.
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge - members only reserve 14.55-15.30
Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Willow Warbler,
Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Pheasant, etc

Five Wheatears, pair of Stock Doves, three male Reed Buntings and four Snipe.

Shipley Glen
Green Wodpecker
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall - via Facebook
Grasshopper Warbler reported this morning,
Not seen or heard during my visit to see it at 11.30
2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 60+Sand Martin
House Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Blackcap, Reed Bunting,

St.Ives 07.00-09.15 - 50+Species
Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting,
Little Owl, Redpoll, Siskin, Blackcap,
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Swallow,
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose,
2 pair Tufted Duck, ♀Goosander, Pheasant,
Plus all usual species

Doe Park Res 06.40
Whitethroat, 2 Cormorant, Blackcap,
5 Pheasant, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff

M Doveston

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday 3rd May 2015

St.Ives Estate - Coppice Pond & Cuckoo's Nest
07.00-08.30am Heavy Rain
Tawny Owl seen being mobbed by Jays,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Tufted Duck ♂♀, Mute Swan, Greylag,
Canada Goose, Coot, Moorhen,
Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbirds

Late evening visit - Woodcock, Tawny Owl

M Doveston et al

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Lower Washburndale (Lindley reservoir road-bridge to Dob Park bridge)
 A short potter on a cold drizzly day produced 44 species including:
Spotted Flycatcher (my earliest record by 4 days, since I started keeping nature records in 1971) and 3 House Martins;  
also Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Bullfinch, Goosander, Mandarin dDuck (two or more of each, except the single female Redstart).
Roger Nelson.

Eight Wheatears - half of them on various parts of the Golf Course and the others in the usual places at the end of Birch Close Lane. A pair watched at close quarters looked big and bulky and showed signs of being of the Greenland race.
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall - Birds & Breakfast Walk (7am)
Cormorant, G Heron, Greylag Goose, Mallard,
Goosander, Moorhen, BHGull, Oystercatcher,
Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Stock Pigeon, Collared Dove,
Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail,
Pied Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch,
Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Jay,
Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling

M Doveston et al

Friday, 1 May 2015

Friday 1st May 2015

Seven Wheatears this morning, four of them on the Golf Course and three more on the walls at the bottom of Birch Close Lane.  The final week in April has been particularly good for the passage of these migrants.
Paul King.
A male Wheatear seen by Roger Nelson in Upper Wharfedale.
A few Lapwing chicks have already been seen, here's one photographed by Roger Nelson. 

Crossflatts Primary to St.Ives Estate & back 0900-1500
Mute Swan, Canada G, Greylag G, Mallard, GHeron,
Cormorant, BHGull, Kestrel, Red Kite (over Bingley!)
Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Swallow, Sand Martin,
Grey Wagtail, Moorhen Coot, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird,
Robin, Hedge Accentor, Wren, Coal Tit, Blue tit, Great Tit,
House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch

M Doveston, 80+ Children and Adults from Crossflatts Primary