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

Monday, 31 August 2015

Monday 31 August 2015

Ponden Clough - 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper on reservoir.
Steve Parkes

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sunday 30th August 2015

Denholme Clough 07.30 - 10.30 Guided Walk
Tree Pipit, Redstart, 16+Siskin, Common Buzzard,
Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,
Dipper, Grey Wagtail, GSWdpkr, Song thrush

M Doveston et al

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species including Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin, Swallow, GSW, Blackcap, 6 Bullfinch plus the wandering Barnacle Goose with Canadas.
Crossflatts - pair of House Martin still feeding young at nest.

Shaun Radcliffe & Peter Riley

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Saturday 29 August 2015

Pennythorne Hill & Sconce area - 
Blackcap, singing Chiff-Chaff, juv Whinchat,
Willow Warbler, Kestrel, 2 Red Kite, 2 Linnet,
Reed Bunting, 40 Goldfinch flock.

Shaun Radcliffe

Rombald's Moor - Stone Cross area
2 Whinchat

M Doveston

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wednesday 26th August 2015

Denholme Clough
At 3.30pm, a family of at least six Spotted Flycatchers by the old railway arch.  
In bushes by Doe Park Reservoir there was a single Spotted Flycatcher.
Paul King and Bob Naylor

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

25th August 2015

A Raven was feeding on the Golf Course at 7am it rose and chased a Kestrel.
Paul King

Denholme Clough 08:00-10:00
3 Tree Pipit, 2 Common Buzzard (Adult & Imm)
2 male Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff,
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Wdpkr, Grey Wagtail
2 Cormorant, Swallows, House Martins,

M Doveston

Monday, 24 August 2015

24th August 2015

Two immature Buzzards in the plantation at Pennythorn.
Paul King

Denholme Clough 10:45-12:00
2 Spotted Flycatcher, male Redstart, Whitethroat,
Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff,
Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Goldfinch
GSWdpkr, LBBGull, BHGull,
all birds seen at north end of Clough

Doe Park Reservoir - 2 Teal

M Doveston, L.M Doveston, L.J Doveston

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sunday 23 August 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Peregrines flew fast towards Keighley, one bird constantly calling. Other sightings - Whitethroat, Blackcap, GSW, Jay, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe.

4 Wheatears in Paddock, Red Kite low over fields.
Nuthatch using nestbox at Curlew Cottage Upwood,  Buzzard low over fields nearby.
  2 Sparrowhawk above Bradup on edge of moor.      Stephen Lilley

A fine portrait of a Red Grouse seen by Roger Nelson in Upper Wharfedale on the 19th August

Aythya Duck species seen at Redcar Tarn

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Thursday 20 August 2015

Denholme area - Common Sandpiper, 20 Golden Plover, 150 RL Partridge, 5 Willow Warbler,
3 Spotted Fly, 2 Redstart, 3 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Cormorant
Jamie Brass

Fly Flatts - 7 Wheatear
Leeshaw - 2 Buzzard, 2 Great B B Gull, 2 Ringed Plover
Nab Water Lane  -  Buzzard
Lower Laithe - Buzzard, G C G, 4 Cormorant
Brian Vickers

Otley area -  3 Swift ( 25 on 11th & 200 on 2nd)
Theo Kuechel 

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - nice to see a pair of Kestrel flying around, Reed Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Whitethroat, House Martin, Reed Bunting, juv Bullfinch, Jay amongst the 27 species recorded.
Mike Bloomfield, John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Hazlewood Moor - Peregrine chasing a Rook flock, 5 Buzzard,3 Kestrel, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, family of Whinchat (3 juvs).
Roger Nelson

Fly Flatts area - 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Wheatear
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 5 Cormorant, G C G
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Ringed Plover, Cormorant
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Monday 17 August 2015

Harden Moor -  male Redstart, Green Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Willow Warblers
Danny & Nigel Priestley

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sunday 16 August 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrel, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, GSW.
Peter Riley, Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough - Doe Park Reservoir & back
BOG guided walk -07.30 - 10.00am
Green Sandpiper, Peregrine Juv, male Redstart,
Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Cormorant, House Martins, Swallows, Bullfinch, Linnet,
M Doveston, D Parkin, J Preshaw et al

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Thursday 13 August 2015

Fly Flatts - 6 Wheatears
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Blackcap, Bullfinch plus low flying Buzzard which flew to the trees next to the river. The local crows soon spotted it & away it went.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Glovershaw At 7.30am a family party of six Buzzards (2 adults plus juveniles) were feeding on the Golf Course and then flew off and briefly landed in Pennythorn Plantation.
Paul King

Fly Flatts - 7 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - single Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tuesday 11th August 2015

Glovershaw   At Golcar Farm - Three Spotted Flycatchers and a female Redstart.
On the Golf Course a Wheatear and in the fields at various places there were three pairs of Grey Partridge.
Paul King

Fly Flatts - 2 Wheatear
Leeshaw -  single Wheatear
Paul Clough - Buzzard, 2 Redstart
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Sunday 9 August 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -  Whitethroat still on reserve, 18 House Sparrows raiding the feeders, Blackcap, GSW, Jay, Goldcrest
John Ogden, Peter Riley & Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough
moulting male Redstart, plenty of Willow Warblers,
M Doveston

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Saturday 8 August 2015

Royds Hall Dam - G C G with 5 young, Little Grebe 4 adults & 3 chicks
Jamie Brass

Whetstone Gate area - Little Owl, Spotted Flycatcher at Upwood, distant views of 2 Buzzard & 2 Red Kite.
Steve Lilley

Low Snowden - Whinchat, Stonechat, 3 singing Willow Warblers, 4 Chiff-Chaff, 8 Linnet, plus juvenile Little Owl & Red Kite quartering over Washburn Valley. Also 7 species of butterfly including a Comma.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Thursday 6 August 2015

Raggalds - evening - 160 Lapwing
Jamie Brass

Sconce Lane area - Spotted Fly, Stonechat, Buzzard, Little Owl
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Willow Warbler, Blackcaps still visiting the raspberry patch, Reed Bunting, Jay, Kingfisher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Fly Flatts Reservoir area - single Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Bradup - mid-afternoon, juvenile Marsh Harrier hunted for five minutes before flying east towards Bingley Moor ahead of rain shower. Also at least 3 Kestrel in the area.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 3 August 2015

3rd August 2015

A Redstart (juvenile) was in the hedgerow in the 'horse-field' by Glovershaw Farm.  Other birds in the area included a flock of 14 Mistle Thrush at Birch Close.
Paul King
A Green Sandpiper seen at Keighley Reservoir on 31st July by Ian Hargreaves

Sunday, 2 August 2015

2nd August 2015

Aire Valley 15.45
Common Crane heading up the Aire Valley seen from Whetstone Gate

A Tremethick

1st August 2015

Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts)
One Wheatear
Nab Water lane
Three Wheatears and a Black Redstart.
Brian Vickers