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

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Common Sandpiper
Brian Vickers

Monday, 29 June 2015

Monday 29 June 2015

Low Snowden - 2 juv Stonechat, 2 Snipe drumming. Birds singing - Whitethroat, Willow Warbler & Chiff-Chaff. Also seen - 3 pair of Linnet, 5 Redpoll, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk & Green Woodpecker. A pair of Red-legged Partridge were enjoying a dust bath.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sunday 28th June 2015

Stockbridge - members only reserve - 36 species
Common Gull 1st Summer, Oystercatcher,
35+Swifts, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin
Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, et al
M Doveston

Stockbridge continued -got to the Reserve much later than Mark in the morning. In addition to his species list, I heard a brief outburst of a Grasshopper Warbler literally for a few seconds. Also a Peregrine Falcon circled overhead. Close to the gardens, Goldcrest was singing and a pair of Reed Warblers kept bringing in food to their nest site.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Saturday 27th June 2015

A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker - Roger Nelson
Spotted Flycatcher - Roger Nelson
A male Whinchat - Roger Nelson
Willow Warbler - Roger Nelson

Friday, 26 June 2015

Friday 26th June 2015

East Riddlesden Hall
Among the usual finches a pair of Siskin spent a bit of time fending off Greenfinches.
Could not locate any young.

M Doveston

Thursday 25 June 2015
Hazlewood Village - GSW pair with a juv, nesting Willow Warbler & Spotted Flycatcher in garden.
Hazlewood Moor - 3 Snipe, Cuckoo & Whinchat (not seen since 2008)
Roger Nelson

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff feeding 3 Juvs in willows plus Reed Warbler regularly visiting site in reed bed.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - singing birds were 2 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler,2 Blackcap,
4 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiff-Chaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler. Also seen - Bullfinch, 8 Oystercatcher,
3 Tufted Duck, Little Owl, 2 juv GCG plus Garden Warbler carrying food.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sunday 21st June 2015

Redcar Tarn & Flash
Redshank and Snipe on the flash.
LBBGulls, BHGulls, Mallard, Tufted Duck
Swallow, Swift, House Martin
Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail,

M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - still plenty of bird song on the reserve this morning with Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Wren, Blackbird & Reed Warbler heard. Young Reed Bunting, Blue Tit, Moorhen & Whitethroat seen. A pair of Bullfinch came to the feeders.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Saturday 20 June 2015

Judy Woods - Tawny Owl family consisted of two young. 5 Nuthatch included juveniles plus Treecreeper & 2 Grey Wagtail seen.
James Brass

Friday, 19 June 2015

Friday 19th June 2015

Yeadon Tarn
Two juvenile Coot
Photo: Mike Bloomfield

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Thursday 18 June 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Blackcap, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, GSW, LTT & Chiff-Chaff.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Strid Woods
A female Pied Flycatcher - photo: Phil Matthews
A male Redstart - photo: Phil Matthews
Knotford Nook
A female Goosander and her creche of juveniles. photo: Phil Matthews
A female Mandarin and brood.  photo: Phil Matthews
Not the best photo, but a very important one.  Phil just managed to get most of the Yellow Wagtail before the bird was disturbed by walkers.  This spot, on the Wharfe at Knotford, has long been a favoured site for these birds which have become very scarce.  It's time for 'birders' to make a visit!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Soil Hill
Brian Sumner sent these photos of Sedge Warblers on Soil Hill where these birds are doing well.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sunday 14th June 2015

Redcar Tarn
Garganey eclipse♂
Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martin,
Oystercatcher, Curlew, Lapwing,
Herring Gull, LBBGull, BHGull,
Tufted Duck, 4 pairs of Coot, Skylark,
M Doveston, N Ward

phone-scoped images of the Garganey on the roadside pond

Denholme Clough & Doe Park Res
Tufted Duck ♂, Whitethroat 2♂
Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcap
Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Dipper
Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift
M Doveston

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Saturday 13th June 2015

Soil Hill - 3 Sedge Warblers
Brian Sumner

Park Dam - Breeding successes - family of 6 Grey Wagtail, juv Swallows, juv GSW, Juv Pied Wagtail. Failures - GCG & Mute Swan.
Keighley Moor - 8 Curlew & 3 chicks, 40 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover, Kestrel, Snipe
3 Red Grouse chicks & 8 Greylag goslings.
Jamie Brass

At 7.30am, a Raven flew across the moor and was chased by Meadow Pipits.  On the 7th fairway, three Golden Plovers, an adult and two juveniles were feeding with Lapwings.
Paul King

Redcar Tarn - Garganey ♂ eclipse
Seen at lunchtime when flushed by toy boaters
R Proctor
Again at 20.30 on the pond opposite side of road
M & L Doveston
In with the Black-headed & Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening were a Herring Gull, 2 Common Gulls.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Friday 12th June 2015

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
A male Garganey, in eclipsed plumage was on the tarn this afternoon.
Keith Moir

Birds at Lower Barden included:  Red Grouse (incl chicks), Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Golden Plover (heard only), Common Snipe (heard only), Curlew, Common Sandpiper (2), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cuckoo (heard only), Sky Lark, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat (incl 2 males and 2 juvs), Ring Ouzel (prob 2 males seen very well, plus 1 fledgling seen and another fledgling heard calling), Mistle Thrush (incl 2 juvs), Willow Warbler, Linnet and Reed Bunting.  
Birds at Strid Wood included: Grey Heron, Goosander (6), Mandarin (up to 8), Common Sandpiper (2, plus a chick), Lesser Black-backed Gull, poss Yellow-legged Gull (lost behind trees), GS Woodpecker (heard only), Grey Wagtail (many incl juvs), Dipper (2 only), Redstart (just 1 singing male), Blackcap, Garden Warbler (2 heard only), Spotted Flycatcher (up to 4, incl pair building nest in tree stump by the path), Pied Flycatcher (approx 3 pairs, incl 1 fledgling seen), Nuthatch and Jay.
John Armstrong 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Thursday 11th June 2015

Knotford Nook area
Yellow Wagtail – Male on river fly-catching near two Greys
Mandarin – 2 separate females (one with 4 young in tow)
Goosander – 14 in a creche
Reed Bunting – female carrying food to a nest site
Great Crested Grebe – 2 family groups  (one with 4 young, one with 2)
Tufted Duck – pair
Coot – at least two young seen

Red Kite, Buzzard, juvenile Robin, juvenile Blackbirds, Oystercatcher

Phil Matthews

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Tuesday 9th June 2015

Edge of Ilkley Moor -Cuckoo calling.
Andrew Kitts

Tony Gough

Dear All,

Mr (Anthony)Tony Gough (of Baildon nr Bradford) passed away on 28th May 2015. Today 9th June he was laid to rest at Nabwood Cemetery.

The birding community turned out from all over Yorkshire and beyond to pay their respects.

Tony Gough (1937-2015) was a founder member of Bradford Ornithological Group and will be missed.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Mystery bird call

Just a bit of fun for those who weren't at the last group meeting. Can you identify the species doing the wren-like "Trrrrr", it is not a Wren or a Mistle Thrush but is a common UK garden bird.
This was recorded a couple of weeks ago.

Monday 8th June 2015

Sconce, Baildon
A pair of Stonechats were feeding three juveniles by the quarry on the Golf Course.  A couple of pairs of Linnets were in the vicinity along with four male Reed Buntings and numerous Willow Warblers and Meadow Pipits.
Paul King

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Sunday 7th June 2015

St.Ives Estate 07.00-10.45
Cuckoo (possibly 2) at heather park and Altar Lane, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck 3 pairs, G Heron, Swift, Swallow, Reed Bunting breeding, Jay, Skylark, GSWdpkr, Treecreeper,
M Doveston et al

Hebers Ghyll
At 6.15am there at least two Wood Warblers here.
Helen Kidman

An adult male Whitethoat, Linnet and at least three pairs of Redstarts.
Roger Nelson

Shipley Glen Road
A pair of Green Woodpeckers and a couple of pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers could be heard around the Glen.  A Cuckoo flew over the Glen Road and across the 'horse-field'.  At least 16 Willow Warblers were in full song, 19 Swifts and a couple of House Martins were feeding over the Glen and a Red Kite drifted over.  Four Reed Buntings were singing on the open ground, Meadow Pipits were carrying food and juvenile birds in the form of Blackbird, Starling and Mistle Thrush were about.
Paul King
Roger Nelson's photo of a Redstart at a nest hole at Storiths.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Saturday 6th June 2015

East Riddlesden Hall - breeding successes
Seen so far this year, adults with young;
Blackbird, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch,
Goldfinch, Great Tit, Robin, Hedge Accentor,
Woodpigeon, Stock Pigeon, Starling, Nuthatch,
Blue Tit.....
M Doveston

Adult and Immature Stock Pigeon

Friday, 5 June 2015

Friday 5th June 2015

Riddlesden Garden.

It seems as though a peak of activity has been reached in my garden. The sole survivor of 8 nestling Blue Tits left the birdbox this morning. I fear the cold May has been responsible for the high number of deaths. Jackdaws that have been  breeding (squatting) in my Owl Box are making an making  a huge din , I think they are ready to leave.  Other young birds are coming to the feeders for the first time, sometimes with adults feeding them .

Stephen  Lilley

At least 20 pairs of Swifts are using the viaduct as a nest site.
A pair of Oystercatchers are nesting on an old tractor tyre nearby.
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall
Raven high overhead, Skylark singing,
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat,
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch
M Doveston

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Thursday 4th June 2015

Shipley Glen.

Female Blackcap yesterday.

Stephen  Lilley

A great surprise was a female Wheatear which was seen around the cabins at Pennithorn. The bird kept returning to its favoured perch, which is beginning to look well-marked.
Nine male Reed Buntings were singing in the area and a pair of Kestrels were busily hunting and returning with food for two juveniles which had settled on the wall of Pennithorn Plantation.  A Garden Warbler could be heard singing from amongst the birches and  a Little Owl was enjoying the sun from its perch on the old building.
Other birds included up to five adult Snipe, three pairs of Curlew, a Redshank and an Oystercatcher.  Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were seen collecting food on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Garden visitors have included  a Chaffinch passing food to one of its brood and a noisy flock of Starlings with juveniles.  There have also been reports of Bullfinches with young on garden feeders.

Penny French (photos) and Nigel Ward

Birds in the area included Cuckoo, Little Owl and a Grasshopper Warbler was heard.
Peter Curran

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Barden Bridge to Stone Hut & Back
Hobby, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart,
3 areas with Spotted Flycatcher,
Goosander, Grey Wagtail, Oystercatcher,
Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Swift,
Redshank, Curlew, Lapwing, LBBGull,
GSWdpkr, 3 female Mandarin at the hut,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
No sign of Wood Warbler

M Doveston