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, 31 May 2016

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Storith Road, Barden - Cuckoo, Redstart, Green Woodpecker, pair of Wheatear feeding young, pair of Mistle Thrush.
Brian Vickers

Low Snowden area - Whitethroat, pair of Stonechat with 2 young, pair of Linnet, Buzzard mobbed by a pair of Kestrel, 3 pair of Curlew.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 30 May 2016

Monday 30 May 2016

R. Aire, Buck Woods - pair of Mandarin with 7 ducklings
Esholt - Sedge Warbler, Kingfisher
Casper Pottle

Penistone Hill, Howarth - a group of 3 Common Buzzard plus a singleton, a Reed Bunting, Swifts, House Martins, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Willow Warblers, Kestrels & a Snipe.
Howard Creber 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sunday 29th May 2016

Heather Park, St Ives - second visit BTO Woodcock survey - 12 records of birds roding. On two occasions, two birds were noted flying together. Tawny Owls calling plus distant Cuckoo heard from Harden Moor direction. Just love those midges!!
Shaun Radcliffe

Stockbridge - Members only reserve
Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 
Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch,
Cormorant, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard
M Doveston

Nest Box Riddlesden.

Huge dissapointment and some sadness to find this morning all the chicks were dead in the nest.
Yesterday afternoon all was fine, both adults were feeding the young, there seem to be plenty of food judging by the activity at the nest. It seems the adults have simply abandoned the nest.This last clip shows yesterdays activity and this mornings discovery.
Stephen Lilley

Saturday 28th May 2016

A Willow Warbler seen at Bingley North Bog   photo: Stephen Lilley
Shipley Glen
Pair of Green Woodpeckers very active in the area and a Cuckoo was calling from Dobrudden Farm area.
Paul King

St.Ives Estate - 21.00-23.00hrs
Cuckoo, Woodcock, Tawny Owl
M Doveston et al

East Riddlesden Hall 0900
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler,
Whitethroat, still loads of Sand Martin, Swift
House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Goosander+7 young,
M Doveston

Friday, 27 May 2016

Friday 27th May 2016

Sconce, Baildon
A pair of Stonechats with three juveniles by the quarry and second fairway of the golf course.
Paul King.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wednesday 25th May 2016

Tit Box Riddlesden Update.

Returned yesterday from a few days away to find nine eggs have hatched. Stephen Lilley

Monday, 23 May 2016

Monday 23 May 2016

Bingley - opposite grammar school - singing Whitethroat (third year running).
Marley - Tawny Owl calling this morning.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sunday 22 May 2016

Strid Woods - 3 Wood Warbler, 3 Pied Fly, 2 Redstart, Tawny Owl, Mandarin Duck, Grey Wagtail with young.
Sally Varrie

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing birds - Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Dunnock, Wren. Other sightings - female Goosander flew directly to the stock dove nest box, Kestrel in box, 3 Oystercatchers wandering up & down the valley.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Saturday 21 May 2016

Denholme edge - 6 Curlew, Snipe, 9 Lapwing, 40 LBB Gull, 12 Linnet, 2 Stonechat, Reed Bunting,
6 Skylark, 60 |Meadow Pipit, single Twite seen with Linnets.
Jamie Brass

Gallows Hill to Knotford - pair of Mandarin with 4 duckling, female Goosander with 4 duckling, Tawny Owl being mobbed, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Oystercatcher.
Sally Varrie

Strid Wood   Photos by Phil Matthews
Spotted Flycatcher in Strid Wood.  photo: Phil Matthews
Adult Dipper and Juvenile on the River Wharfe.   photo: Phil Matthews
Common Sandpiper in Strid Wood.  photo: Phil Matthews

Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday 20th May 2016

Upper Wharfedale
Recent photos from Roger Nelson
Lapwing showing wing display
Greylag Geese with chick 
Greylag Goose with chicks

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thursday 19 May 2016

Keighley Gas Works area - 2 singing Whitethroat, Garden Warbler.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrel in box, 2 singing Whitethroat, 2 singing Garden Warbler. field to the right, Canadas with 9 & 5 goslings. Swallow taking mud from edge of lake.
Shaun Radcliffe

Members Only Reservoir.

Single Turnstone.
Keith Moir

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Lower Barden Reservoir & environs - singing Tree Pipit in moor edge alders, 3 drumming Snipe,
2 Cuckoo, pair of Grouse with week old chicks, Lapwings with chicks, Greylags with goslings, Skylark, Curlews & Oystercatchers.
Roger Nelson.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Glovershaw - Whinchat, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Snipe & Skylark
Phil Matthews

Strid Woods - Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, pair of Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 8 Spotted Fly
2m + 3f  Pied Fly, 5 Redstart, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Common Sandpiper plus Grey Wagtail & Robin feeding young.
Howard Creber
At same site, Theo Kuechel had 4 Wood Warblers.

Sconce area -
pair of Stonechat, female carrying food to nest site.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 16 May 2016

Monday 16 May continued

Strid Woods - 2 Common Sandpiper, Dipper feeding juvenile, 4 female Mandarin, Redstart,
Spotted & Pied Fly, 12 sightings of Grey Wagtail.
Phil Matthews 

Monday May16th 2016

  Dob Park.

  Pied Flycatcher -today. Stephen Lilley

Private Reservoir. 

Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover , 3 Dunlin.
Keith Moir                                                                                                                                   

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sunday 15th May 2016

Eldwick and Bingley area
Recent photos from Phil Matthews.

Sunday 15 May 2016

Between Gallows Hill & Knotford - pair of Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mandarin.
Theo Kuechel

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Common Sandpiper, 2 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Kestrel in box for short period. No sign of Reed Warbler yet.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Saturday 14th May 2016

East Riddlesden Hall
Garden Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Swift, Sand Martin,
Swallows, House Martin, Grey Wagtail,
LBBGulls overhead, Moorhen with chicks,
Bullfinch, Greenfinch
M Doveston

Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday 13th May 2016

A juvenile Dipper on the River Wharfe.               photo: Stephen Lilley

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Members Only Reservoir 10.30-11.30am
Dunlin 1, Ringed Plover 6+, Redshank 8+,
Lapwing, Curlew, Snipe, Oystercatcher,
Herring Gulls, LBBGulls, BhddGulls
Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Linnets, Swallows
Willow Warbler, Kestrel, Pheasant
M Doveston 

Barden Moor.

3.20 pm flock of approximately 90 Arctic Tern flying NE.
Keith Moir

Twelve Apostles, Rombalds Moor - 3 pair of Golden Plover, 3 LBB hunting the moors.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Riddlesden Blue Tit Box-update.

Returned from holiday on Monday to find nine eggs had been laid, a tenth was laid Monday night.
Stephen Lilley

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Members Only Reservoir -
Wader-fest with lots of shoreline!
Sanderling, Dunlins, Ringed Plovers, Lapwing
Little Ringed Plovers, 12 Redshank, Curlew
K Moir

East Riddlesden Hall
Common Sandpiper, Bullfinch, Garden Warbler,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Swifts
M Doveston

Heather Park - from 21.00 for 30 minutes, nine sightings of roding Woodcock recorded.
The previous evening, 2 Woodcock plus Cuckoo seen.
Ian Skayman, BOG et al

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Bingley - per yesterday's sighting of Lesser Whitethroat, no sign of the bird today. Blackcap & singing Garden Warbler on site. Expect Common Whitethroat any day as in previous years which has bred here.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wood Warbler - today in BOG area
Stephen  Lilley

Lapwing and chick at Glovershaw on 9th May.  photo: Peter Hughes

Monday, 9 May 2016


Please see the web-site run by Brian Sumner called West Yorkshire Birding. A lady has had her car rubbished by vandals whilst she was away walking her dog.

If you go birding there regularly - BEWARE!!

Thanks go to Brian for spreading the word.

Monday 9th May 2016

Fewston Reservoir - top end, Sedge Warbler singing in willows.
Blubberhouses Cricket Ground - pair of Spotted Fly
Thruscross dam area - calling Cuckoo
Haworth - calling Cuckoo
Steve Parkes

Opposite the side entrance to Bingley Grammar School a Lesser Whitethroat was calling from bushes at 9.30am. At 15.30 - no sign of bird.
Ireland Bridge, Bingley - 2 Dippers carrying food, female Goosander with 7 ducklings.
Shaun Radcliffe

Grasshopper Warbler was again seen and heard calling from tall grasses between the 11th fairway and the running track.
Paul King.

A Green Woodpecker in Upper Wharfedale.  photo: Roger Nelson
A Garden Warbler at Otley Wetland.  photo: Keith Allen
Mute Swan at Otley Wetland.  photo: Keith Allen
Five drake Mallards at Otley Wetland.  photo: Keith Allen

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sunday 8th May 2016

Doe Park Reservoir
Cuckoo calling "cuck-coo-a-coo-a"
Whitethroat pair, Willow Warbler,
Linnets, Curlew, Little Owl, G Heron

St.Ives Estate
Cuckoo calling down Blind Lane,
Whitethroat pair, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, GSWdpkr, Nuthatch,
Treecreeper, Swallow, Swift, Jay

M Doveston

Saturday 7th May 2016

Flyflatts - 2 Common Sandpiper, brood of Canadas plus distant call of Cuckoo.
Steve Parkes

Lindley Wood to Folly Hall - 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler
Hazlewood - Green Woodpecker
Roger Nelson 

East Riddlesden Hall -Riverside walk
Garden Warbler, several Swift, 60+Sand Martin
House Martin, Swallow, Common Sandpiper,
Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch

Hewenden Res/Viaduct - 20+Swift

M Doveston

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Friday 6 May 2016

Stockbridge Reserve area - Cuckoo calling at 8pm.
Penny French

Five Wheatears
Paul King

Ponden Reservoir - 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 broods of Greylags. Distant call of Cuckoo.
Steve Parkes

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thursday 5th May 2016

Low Wood area - 2 Garden Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatches shaping their hole, Blackcaps, Chiff-Chaff carrying nesting material.
John Preshaw, Winston Pell, Shaun Radcliffe

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 10 Swifts above nearby houses, Whitethroat, 2 Kestrels in box, Canada goslings plus Orange-tip butterflies.
Shaun Radcliffe

Upper Wharfedale
Photos from Roger Nelson
Bar-headed Goose seen at Beamsley on 3rd May
Breeding Dipper with food on the Wharfe.
Male Goosander on the Wharfe.
The Grasshopper Warbler seen and heard yesterday is still in the same spot, though more elusive.  It is calling from tall grasses near the wall that runs from the 11th fairway to the running track.  A Cuckoo is calling from trees near the cabins at Pennythorn and three Wheatears were also seen in the area.
Paul King.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Kex Gill - male Stonechat
Below Thruscross - Whitethroat, Cuckoo, 3 Pied Fly, Redstart
Roger Nelson

A Grasshopper Warbler was watched in a bramble patch alongside a path that runs between the 11th fairway and the running track.  It was there at 8.15am.  On the Golf Course, six Wheatears and at Golcar a pair of Redshank appear well established along with two pairs of Curlew, about six pairs of Snipe and over 20 pairs of Lapwing.
Paul King

Bradup - 5 pairs of Linnet, 2 Wheatear, Stonechat, pair of Grey Partridge, pair of Reed Bunting, Lapwings & Snipe displaying.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday 3rd April 2016

Beamsley - single Bar-headed Goose
Strid Woods - Garden Warbler, Cuckoo (heard), 2 pair of Dipper (young near point-to-fly)
Roger Nelson

Four Wheatears on the 8th fairway this afternoon.
Paul King

Monday, 2 May 2016

Monday 2 May 2016

Strid Woods - 2 Wood Warbler, Swifts seen.
Andrew Kitts

Bolton Bridge - 2 dozen Swift, 6 House Martin
Roger Nelson

Hewenden Reservoir - 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper
Sally Varrie

Bridgehouse Beck, Oxenhope - Dipper, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Willow Warbler,
Nuthatch plus numerous Hirundines
Howard Creber 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sunday 1 May 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Whitethroat.  At times, two Kestrel in the box. A female Goosander flew to the same box and landed on the roof and peered over the top only to be chased off by the Kestrel. Pair of Bullfinch at the feeders plus splendid male Reed Buntings. No Garden Warbler yet!
Shaun Radcliffe

Two Wheatears.
Paul King

Tit Box Latest Riddlesden.

Two eggs layed overnight, female has been away from the nest all day , returning around 19.00hrs. I understand this is normal. Eggs are "in a state of limbo", if she was to sit on them as soon as were layed , the oldest  birds would dominate food supply.