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 August 2016

Monday 29 August 2016

Scargill Reservoir - 2 Egyptian Geese
John O'Gaunt Reservoir - Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 13 Little Grebe, 42 Mallard, 27 Teal plus
2 Spotted Fly nearby.
John Poland

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday 28th August 2016

Oxenhope Watchpoint - Osprey went through going south towards Calderdale.
Howard Creber & David Barker

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, Kingfisher hovering at times, Jay, Bullfinch, Cormorant. Also found on Meadowsweet, a Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar.
Shaun Radcliffe

Four Wheatears and a juvenile Stonechat feeding in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Sunday 28th August 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, Kingfisher hovering at times, Jay, Bullfinch, Cormorant. Also found on Meadowsweet, a Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar.
Shaun Radcliffe

Four Wheatears and a juvenile Stonechat feeding in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Friday, 26 August 2016

Friday 26th August 2016

A flock of about ten birds, feeding in the fields by Golcar Farm, consisted of at least four Wheatears, two Whinchats and a family of Reed Buntings.
Paul King

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thursday 25 August 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 24 species recorded this morning including 2 Whitethroat,
Bullfinch, Jay, Blackcap & Cormorant.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
At 7am, a flock of more 180 Swallows landed on wires before flying off south-eastwards
During a very misty morning, two Wheatears were feeding on the 10th green.
Paul King

Redcar Tarn
A Mediterranean Gull seen close to the banking at Redcar Tarn this afternoon.  Photo: Keith Moir.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday 24th August 2016

A Spotted Flycatcher at Golcar farm and three Whinchats in the fields.  At Pennythorn, three other Whinchats near the plantation and a Common Whitethroat.
Paul King.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tuesday 23rd August 2016


Golcar Farm
9am - In the fields a flock of 12 birds consisting of nine Wheatears and three Whinchats. At the bottom of Birch Close Lane, two smart looking Whitethroats.
Paul King.

Pennythorne Plantation area, 2 Whitethroat, Whinchat, Stonechat, this morning 11am.
Couple of distant shots.
Stephen  Lilley

Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday 22 August 2016

Whetstone Gate - SEO & 2 Little owls

Dowley Gap - in trees next to River Aire above rail bridge - three Spotted Flycatchers.
Shaun Radcliffe

A family of three Whinchats by Pennythorn Plantation and another group of five in the fields by Golcar Farm.  This second group was possibly the same ones that were in the area last evening.
Paul King

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday 21 August 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler, GSW, Stock Dove, Kingfisher & Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Late afternoon - There was a family of four Whinchats (two adults and two juveniles) and a couple of Wheatears in the area by Birch Close Lane and the running track.
Paul King.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Saturday 20 August 2016

Scargill Reservoir - 2 Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Tufted Duck, Kestrel.
below Reservoir - Red Kite, Buzzard & Kingfisher on stream. Juv. Sparrowhawk fed by adult.

John O'Gaunt Reservoir - good views of Black-tailed Godwit & Little Egret plus Little Grebe, Teal & Grey Heron. Between Reservoir & Sun Inn - 2 Spotted Fly & 2 Whinchat.
John Preshaw, Derek Parkin & Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Thursday 18 August 2016

Golcar Farm - 3 Whinchat
Derek Parkin

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 2 Buzzard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat
Fly Flatts - 3 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Black Pots/ Nab End, Silsden - 4 Wheatear, 4 Spotted Fly, 2 Buzzard, 80+10 flocks of Lapwing,
40 Linnet
James Brass

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Bromley Road, Bingley - a Wood Warbler reported from a garden.
Rex Holt 

Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher, both seen on Harden Moor.  photo: Nigel Priestley

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Sunday 14 September 2016

Harden Moor - Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 4 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Little Owl & Kestrel
Nigel & Danny Priestley

Tuesday 16th August 2016

A Whinchat was feeding in Golcar Fields.  A male Stonechat was patrolling its breeding area by the cabins on Pennythorn Hill and another male was similarly engaged by the quarry and 2nd hole on the Golf Course.  Both these Stonechats successfully produced broods in May.   Nearby, there was a family of up to four Whitethroats.
Paul King

Monday, 15 August 2016

Monday 15th August 2016


Male Redstart  

Stephen Lilley

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sunday 14th August 2016

Denholme Clough 07.30-9.00
Tree Pipit, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap,
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit,
Coal Tit, Song Thrushes, Swallows, Curlew

Doe Park Res
Common Sandpiper, Common Gull
M Doveston

Member's Only Reservoir
Ruff still present, Yellow-legged Gulls,
LBBGulls, Herring Gulls, BHGulls,
Snipe, Lapwing, Swallows, Kestrel,
C King, M Doveston

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Saturday 13 August 2016

Member's Only Reservoir
1st yr Ruff, Yellow-legged Gulls among LBBGulls,
Herring Gulls, BHGulls, Peregrine,
M Cunningham, B Sumner

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - Whitethroat, 3 Oystercatchers
Sconce area - 2 juvenile Little Owl, 6 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler plus Grasshopper Warbler heard in field next to horses running track (as previously reported as breeding there).
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 12 August 2016

Friday 12 August 2016

Silsden Reservoir - 2 Common Scoter, 30 Tufted Duck
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sparrowhawk, Blackcap, Bullfinches.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Wednesday 10th August 2016

At 8.30am at Pennythorn plantation two Common Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat.
Paul King

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Four Wheatears all on the Golf Course.  Three Redstarts - male and female around Golcar Farm and a juvenile about 200 yards away at the end of Birch Close Lane.  A pair of Grey Partridge were disturbed in the field by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Monday, 8 August 2016

Monday 8 August 2016

Hazlewood - 5 Red Kite over the village.
Roger Nelson
A Red Kite at Hazlewood.  Photo: Roger Nelson
Three drake Common Scoter seen yesterday.  Photo: Chris King

Sunday 7 August 2016

Members only reservoir - 3 Common Scoter
Chris King

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Saturday 6th August 2016

Glovershaw, Baildon
A male Redstart was seen in trees at Golcar Farm this afternoon.
Paul King

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Thursday 4 August 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler searching for food low down below the willows in front of hide. Also 2 Whitethroat see in the water margins, Blackcap heard plus Jay seen and 2 Bullfinch at feeders.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Sconce Lane area - male Stonechat, pair of Linnet with 3 young plus 6 Willow Warblers in the area, some in song.
Shaun Radcliffe