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

Friday, 31 July 2015

Friday 31 July 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir - It obviously pays to keep watching a local water. Today, a Green Sandpiper recorded.
Ian Hargreaves

Washburn Valley - pair of Raven & 3 Red Kite, two following the farmer's tractor during mowing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Four Mistle Thrush, 30 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plover heading south, 15 Swift, 20 Swallows and 100 gulls, mostly Lesser Black-backed

Jamie Brass

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir - Scoter gone but an adult Sanderling was feeding on the shoreline.
Ian Hargreaves

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir- male Common Scoter
Ian Hargreaves

Oxenhope Village Pond - Kingfisher

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sunday 26th July 2015

Stockbridge (Members only) Reserve 0830-0930
Kingfishers heard on the R.Aire and one seen on reserve.
40+Swifts overhead, Sand Martin, Swallow,
Common Gull (adult), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat,
Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch,
(Redpoll overhead along Grange Road). Also Stock Dove calling from gardens.

M Doveston, S Radcliffe

Redcar Tarn 1500 in the rain
Common Gull 2, LBBGulls, BHGulls with juvs
lots of House Martins, Swallows, Pied Wagtails,
Snipe on roadside pond opposite Tarn

M Doveston

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Saturday 25 July 2015

Lower Barden Reservoir - 4 Kestrel, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Stonechat
Shaun Radcliffe

Juvenile birds seen on the River Wharfe.  A Common Sandpiper and an Oystercatcher.  Photos: Roger Nelson.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Friday 24 July 2015

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 2 Wheatear (included a juv)
Brian Vickers

Bolton Bridge to Bolton Abbey - Kingfisher, juv Redstart, 3 Swift, 4 Sand martin, Common Sandpiper,
Grey Heron, 12 mandarin Duck in eclipse & Juv Oystercatcher.
Roger Nelson

Keighley Town Centre - Little Ringed Plover flew over Sports Direct shop this morning.
Yesterday - Common Buzzard over house at Oxenhope. The day before, Red Kite flew over.
Howard Creber

St.Ives -dusk visit
Tawny Owls calling near mansion buildings
M Doveston

Thursday 23 July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a decidedly cooler day with a fresh wind blowing produced less sightings. For once Whitethroat was not singing or seen. The raspeberry patch still attracted the Blackcaps with four seen but earlier in the week eight of this species recorded. Bullfinch kept regularly visiting the feeding stations along with many other young birds.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Overlooked report

Sunday 19 July - Heights Lane, Bingley - 2 Kestrel, Pied Wagtail feeding juv, Grey Partridge, Stock Dove, 30 House Martin. Also - Spotted Flycatcher pair with 3 Juvs. An adult chasing a butterfly almost collided with observer.
Phil Matthews

Tuesday 21st June 2015

A Common Tern, fishing on the canal, flew off towards Shipley (12.30pm).
Paul King

Monday, 20 July 2015

Monday 20th July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve. ( members only)
Whitethroat, G.S. Woodpecker, Male and juvenile Bullfinch amongst usual suspects. Also three Blackcap, not sure if female or juvenile, photo of one attached.
Stephen  Lilley

St.Ives 1845 - Cricket Pitch fields
Grasshopper Warbler reeling briefly

M Doveston, J Middleton

Friday, 17 July 2015

Friday 17 July 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Common Sandpiper, Swifts, Swallows & House Martins, 2 Common Gull
Brian vickers

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Thursday 16 July 2015

Cullingworth - seen near the village hall, a single Rose-ringed Parakeet.
Ian Skayman

Otley area - 100 plus Swift over the town with parties of 12 "screaming" indicating families are out.
Willow Warbler in Otley garden. Yesterday, a cuckoo flew south.
Theo Kuechel

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Whetstone - pair of Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, 3 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove, Reed Bunting, Curlew.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher (not recorded here since end of March), Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting plus (at the foot of the feeder) a Hedgehog.
Shaun Radcliffe

A juvenile Wheatear was feeding on the 10th Green at 7.30am.

Shipley Glen
A flock of four Oystercatchers (including two juveniles) flew over the Glen
Paul King

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sunday 12 July 2015

A Short-eared Owl which was seen in the north of the area.  Photo: Peter Curran
Leeshaw Reservoir - 300 Lapwing, 8 Oystercatcher, Goosander.
Brian Vickers

Fly Flatts - 11 Wheatear (includes juvs), 6 Common Sandpiper, a juv Redshank, 3 Tufted Duck (drakes in eclipse)
Brian Sumner
Juvenile Wheatear at Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts).  Photo: Brian Sumner

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Thursday 9 July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Blackcap & Whitethroat now visiting the raspberry patch next to the hide along with other birds. Male Reed Bunting still singing along with Whitethroat.
Kathryn & Keith Allen, Shaun Radcliffe

morning - A post-breeding flock of Lapwings were at rest and a flock of 15 or so Goldfinch were feeding on thistles.  Meadow Pipits, Sky Larks, Reed Buntings were seen carrying food.  A pair of Grey Partridges could be heard and a couple of Kestrels were hunting.
evening - 12 Herring Gulls, attracted by silage cutting, were in the area.  Two Whitethroats were singing, over 40 Swifts were feeding, six Swallows skimmed the bracken and a post-breeding flock of Jackdaws were roosting in trees on the Glen Road.
Paul King

Monday, 6 July 2015

Monday 6 July 2015

A male Lesser Whitethroat was in song at the Old Low Moor tip site today.  
Very interesting ! One appeared in May but I could not locate it again..will visit site again in next few days...to look for any signs that it bred..
Martyn Priestley

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sunday 5 July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Grasshopper Warbler (reeled twice with a 3 hour interval!), singing Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Blackcap & Chiff-Chaff. Pair of Bullfinch with juv, plenty of young birds eg Greenfinch, Chiff-Chaffs, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Dunnock plus Mallard ducklings. Reed Warbler heard briefly.
Chiff-Chaff - a few birds hung around the cage which has the feeders in waiting for other birds to arrive for food. As these birds left, on most occasions, the Chiff-Chaff followed and chased the bird with the food.
Shaun Radcliffe

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 2 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 3 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, Snipe plus numerous Swifts.
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Oystercatcher, G C G, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Sandpiper.
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Saturday 4 July 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - Arctic Tern, 2 Dunlin
Brian Vickers

Bingley (opposite grammar school) - singing Whitethroat, species been on site since 20 May.
Shaun Radcliffe