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, 26 June 2016

Sunday 26th June 2016

Riddlesden Garden.

Tawny Owl in my garden yesterday evening.
Stephen Lilley
Birch Close (Weecher)
A pair of Grey Partridge with seven chicks.  Also a report, middle of last week, of eight Red Kites circling over a newly cut field near Hawksworth.
Paul King

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Saturday 25 June 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler singing, pair of Whitethroat feeding 3 recently fledged young. Other singing birds - Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, Wren. Plenty of House Martin, Swallow & Sand Martin hawking over the water.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Heather Park, St Ives - BTO Breeding Woodcock Monitoring (third visit) - from 21.50 to 22.42 recorder 16 flypasts with a pair flying together on one occasion. How many birds were involved in any one's guess!
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Monday 20 June 2016

Low Moor, south Bradford - Black-tailed Godwit flying NW & calling.
Martyn Priestley

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Saturday 18 June 2016

Low Snowden - Linnet feeding 3 young in a mountain ash, pair of Stonechat, single Lesser Redpoll, family of 4 Raven flew past, singing Willow Warblers & Blackcaps.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Thursday 16 June 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -  pleased to hear Reed Warbler again after a few weeks of absence. Also singing - Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat. Young male Reed Bunting at the feeder plus a pair of Bullfinch. Jay, Sparrowhawk & family of Dunnock recorded.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Saturday 11 June 2016

Silsden area - Redshank, 8 Lapwing, 10 Curlew, Tree Pipit, Cuckoo, 30 Swift
Jamie Brass

Lower Barden Reservoir & area - Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, heard Cuckoo, Stonechat, Greylags with goslings, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Curlew.
BOG walkers

Friday 10 June 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - 3 Shelduck
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail
Brian Vickers

Friday, 10 June 2016

Wednesday 8 June 2016 - catch up

Chevin Park, Menston - singing Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting
Surprise View, Chevin - Whitethroat carrying food.
Yorkgate Quarry - 2 singing Whitethroat
Theo Kuechel 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Thursday 9th June 2016

Pair of Grasshopper Warblers feeding young.  About 20 Swifts feeding over the moorland.
Paul King
Stephen Lilley's photo of a Grasshopper Warbler at Glovershaw.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Tuesday 7th June 2016

March Cote Farm - 14 Curlew, 2 Hares
Sally Varrie

Goit Stock - 2 Cuckoos
Matthew Rawnsley

Dob Park.

Redstart yesterday.
Stephen Lilley

Monday, 6 June 2016

Monday 6th June 2016

Breeding Grasshopper Warbler confirmed.  An adult bird was watched carrying food to a patch of heather adjacent to the spot where it was first seen singing on 4th and 5th May.
View of Grasshopper Warbler site looking towards Birch Close.
Two pairs of Tufted Ducks with chicks on Pennythorn Lake and a Whitethroat singing at Little London.
Paul King.
In fading light, Stephen Lilley managed this image.
River Aire, Bingley area - Grey Wagtail at Myrtle park (2) plus juv, also at Wagon Lane & Cottingley Bridge stretch. Singing Goldcrest in Beckfoot Lane. Kingfisher on river near rail bridge. Singing Whitethroat opposite Bingley Grammar School & Dowley Gap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Sunday 5 June 2016

Keighley Moor Reservoir area - 7 Lapwing, 8 Willow Warbler, 10 Curlew, 10 Golden Plover, Kestrel, Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Raven plus 2 Brown Hares
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing birds 2 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting but no Reed Warbler. Kestrel now sitting in box & a juvenile Cormorant flew east.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Whetstone Gate - pair of Stonechat with 2 young. A Redshank seen at Bradup.
Shaun Radcliffe

Kirklands Lane area, Baildon - Green Woodpecker yaffing.
Roger Ratcliffe


Breeding Wheatear at Storiths.    photo: Brian Vickers.