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, 30 April 2017

Sunday 30 April 2017

Yeadon Tarn - Grasshopper Warbler still reeling.
Theo Kuechel

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Lesser Whitethroat "rattling" for 40 mins in a dense hawthorn bush. Also Common Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper (stayed all morning), Willow Warbler, Swallow, Blackcap, Sand Martin, Goosander (female came on to the water from nest box), Bullfinch, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Chiff-Chaff, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe, Derek & Brenda Parkin

A female Wheatear and a pair of Tufted Duck on Pennythorn Lake.
Paul King

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Saturday 29 April 2017

Leeshaw area - male Cuckoo mobbed by Meadow Pipits, 2 Wheatear, 5 lapwing chicks ( 3 were single chicks).
Steve Parkes

Bingley Moor - pair of Wheatear, just a single Golden Plover, noisy Greylags & Cuckoo heard from Graincliffe Reservoir direction. No other plovers seen around Twelve Apostles.
Shaun Radcliffe

A pair of Tree Sparrows near Golcar Farm.  The male was singing and it was joined by a female and copulation took place.  A good breeding record for this area.
Paul King

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thursday 27 April 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. I D wrong on Sedge - calling bird, not yet seen, is Reed Warbler (thanks Mark).
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Embsay Area
Pairs of Redshank and Shelduck were seen taking advantage of the conditions at a small pond on the Embsay road from Barden on 25th April.
photos by Roger Nelson.

Nine Wheatears on the Golf Course this morning.  Other birds included pairs of Linnets, Reed Buntings and a Sparrowhawk.
Paul King

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Barden Moor - 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 pair of Common Sandpiper, 5 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, a Snipe drumming, Golden Plover, 2 pair of Greylag with 3g & 5g.
Roger Nelson

Hothfield St. Silsden - 3 House Martin
Tom Hubball

This morning there were 12 Wheatears in the area. Ten of them were on the Golf Course and a pair were feeding in the paddock at Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Monday, 24 April 2017

Monday 24th April 2017

In wet and windy conditions, three Snipe flew over the Glen Road, another sat on a wall at Golcar Farm and others could be heard drumming.  An area in an adjacent field contained a female Whinchat, a male Wheatear, Skylark and a male Reed Bunting, all sheltering from the strong wind.  A pair of Stock Doves rested by their nest-box and a Cuckoo could be heard over at Pennythorn.
Paul King

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Yeadon Tarn - Grasshopper Warbler heard at dawn over the last few days.
B Snee

Trough Lane - 8 Wheatear.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Sedge Warbler, female Goosander continues to use stock dove nest box, Moorhen with 5 chicks, singing Willow Warblers, Blackcaps & Chiff-Chaffs. At the feeder, two male Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Stainburn Plantation
Tree Pipit, a recent arrival at Stainburn Plantation         photo: Mike Bloomfield
The Great Grey Shrike which was seen at Barden on 21st April.  photo: Mike Bloomfield.
At Pennythorn this morning, there were 12 singing male Willow Warblers and three Wheatears on the Golf Course.  At least eight Lapwing chicks were seen at Golcar.
Paul King

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Trough Lane - 14 Wheatear, pair of Reed Bunting, male Whinchat
Barden Scale - 3 Woodcock chicks, Blackcap
Strid Woods - pair of Pied Flycatchers nest building
Brian Vickers

A Cuckoo was heard at Pennythorn and there were 10 Wheatears, here and across the Golf Course. A male Whinchat was feeding in the fields by Golcar farm where the first Lapwing chick was visible. Other sightings across the area included two pairs of Linnets, two pairs of Reed Buntings, displaying Snipe, Curlew and plenty of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.
Paul King

Slippery Ford - Green Woodpecker, 3 Wheatear.
Nigel Ward

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday 21st April 2017

Trough Lane - 24 Wheatear
Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 118 Golden Plover
Brian Vickers

St Ives, Bingley - 3 roding Woodcock at Heather Park, Sand martin hawking over Coppice Pond, 10 Swallows.
Ian Skayman

Lindley Wood to Folly Hall Farm - 6 singing Redstart, 4 Pied Flycatcher
Barden Moor - Great Grey Shrike, male Ring Ouzel, Wheatear
Lower Barden Reservoir - 2 common Sandpiper
Mike Bloomfield  

Seven Wheatears (a male and six females) around the 8th fairway at Pennythorn.
Yeadon Tarn
About 60 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows and 20 Tufted Ducks.
Paul King

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Thursday 20th April 2017

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 50 Sand Martin, Sparrowhawk, Willow Warblers, Chiff-Chaffs, pair of Redshank, pair of Common Sandpiper
Steve Parkes

On the walls in Golcar Fields was a female Whinchat.  Three Wheatears were seen at various points on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Strid Woods - GSW, Dipper, Grey & Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Pied Fly (M & F), Mallard plus 7d
Nigel Ward

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Trough Lane - 5 Wheatear
Leeshaw Reservoir - 3 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - male Stonechat
Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 70 Golden Plover
Brian Vickers

Barden Moor - Great Grey Shrike plus Common Crane through at 15.45.
Howard Creber. Also 2 male Ring Ouzel - Mark Williams

Glovershaw, Baildon
Phil Matthews took these views of birdlife around Pennythorn and Sconce on 17th April.

Wheatears are moving through in good numbers.
At least six pairs of Skylarks are now breeding on the top of Pennythorn Hill.
Female Chaffinch
Many pairs of Meadow Pipits are now well-established.

At least three pairs of Reed Bunting can be seen.

Willow Warblers arrived on about the 9th April.

Tuesday 18 April 2017

Barden Moor - Great Grey Shrike
Trough Lane - 11 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Four Wheatears (a male and three females)
Paul King

Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday 17 April 2017

Reva Hill - over 300 Golden Plovers, 2 pair of Redshank, 5 drumming Snipe.
Shaun Radcliffe

Seven Wheatears, two Swallows and a pair of Redshank.
Paul King

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sunday continued

Glovershaw - 5 Skylark, 25 Lapwing, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 6 Wheatear, 4 Reed Bunting, 5 Snipe, 5 Willow Warbler, Coot
Phil Matthews

Foreside Lane, Denholme Gate - 21 Wheatear, 4 Curlew, 4 Snipe & Golden Plover heard.
Jamie Brass

Trough Lane - 11 Wheatear, male Reed Bunting
Oxenhope Garden - Grey heron, Willow Warbler
Howard Creber

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sand Martin, Swallow, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap all recorded. On the feeders - pair of Redpoll, pair of Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. Little Grebe has moved on.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 16th April 2017

There were eight Wheatears on the patch of grass at the end of Birch Close Lane.  In Golcar Farm fields, 25 pairs of Lapwing, breeding Curlew, Snipe and a Redshank were present.
Paul King
One of two juvenile Robins in the garden.  photo: Paul King

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Saturday 15th April 2017

Four Wheatears at the end of Birch Close Lane. Yesterday there were nine in the area where 11 had been seen on Wednesday.
Paul King

Strid Woods - 2 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers, Willow Warbler
Thomas Simcock

Oxenhope - Swallow
Steve Parkes

Bradup - 2 Wheatear plus a pair of Redshank. Just one Snipe drumming.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thursday 13 April 2017

Barden watchpoint - Woodcock flew into woodland mid afternoon.
Howard Creber

Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear,
Leeshaw Reservoir - Common Sandpiper
Tarn Lane, Braithwaite - 2 Grey Partridge
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap & Chiff-Chaff. A few Sand Martins about plus a Little Grebe which regularly caught sticklebacks but some fish were too large! At the feeders, Bullfinch, LTT, Reed Bunting with Sparrowhawk patrolling.
Shaun Radcliffe

At 8am - 11 Wheatears at the end of Birch Close Lane (sxi males and five females).
Paul King

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 230 Golden Plover
Leeshaw Reservoir -4 Redshank
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday continued

Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear
Leeshaw - 5 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Four Wheatears (two males and two females) at the end of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday 10th April 2017

Glovershaw, Baildon
Nine Wheatears (seven males and two females), at the end of Birch Close Lane.
Five Willow Warblers and male Reed Bunting.
Two Willow Warblers singing in the plantation.
Paul King

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Five Wheatear, male Stonechat and a Reed Bunting.
Brian Vickers

Two buzzards over Milnerfields/Delph Wood. A Green Woodpecker calling, also Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
Steve Meredith

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 20 Sand Martin, single Kingfisher, 2 pair of Goosander
Brian Ford

Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - now 360 Golden Plover
Steve Parkes

Beckfoot Lane, Bingley - 2 Willow Warbler, Blackcap
Wagon Lane on river - mating Grey Wagtail, 3 pair of Goosander from Bingley to Saltaire.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday 9th April 2017

Shipley Glen and the Glen Road area
A walk around this area found nine Willow Warblers, seven Chiffchaffs and six Robins in full song.  A Green Woodpecker was constantly calling, a pair of Reed Buntings, a pair of Linnets, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker were amongst the other species.
Paul King

Apperley Bridge
Really close views of an Osprey as it passed over the river at 13:10
Martin West

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Saturday 8th April 2017

Hazlewood - Bolton Bridge
There were two singing Blackcaps, three singing Chiffchaffs, 12 Sand Martin, three Swallows.
Roger Nelson

Nab Water Lane
A Wheater

Storiths Road, Barden
Redstart, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Brian Vickers

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits
Two Blackcaps, pair of Kingfisher, three Chiffchaff, 35 Sand Martin.
Steve Parkes

Still at least six Wheatear in the paddock, male Stonechat below the quarry at Whetstone.
Stephen Lilley

River Aire - Beckfoot Bridge to Hirst Wood
20+ Sand Martins and at least two Swallows hawking for insects on stretch of river around the bottom field of Bingley Rugby Club.  A kingfisher slightly further downstream.  A pair of Treecreepers in Hirst Wood by the railway bridge.
Ian Skayman

Fewston Reservoir
A walk round the reservoir and five Willow Warblers, eight Chiffchaff and a pair of Teal were seen.

Paul King

Scenes from Upper Wharfedale during the first week of April - Roger Nelson.

An early Swallow - 8th April


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday 6th April 2017

A Swallow flew over Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Wednesday 5th April 2017

In the paddock, behind Golcar Farm, was a male Wheatear, a pair of Stock Doves and two Redshanks which tried to settle but were chased off by breeding Lapwings.  
Paul King

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Bradup - good morning for drumming Snipe with 5 birds in the air. Also 2 Wheatear, small flock of 6 Golden Plover, 2 Oystercatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

6 Wheatear this afternoon in paddock at Bradup.
Male Brambling on feeder in Riddlesden garden this morning
Stephen Lilley

Pair of Teal on the River Aire            photo: Paul Kiley

Monday 3 April 2017

Apperley Bridge  - pair of Teal on river plus pair of Goosander.
Paul Kiley

Toad Holes Beck - pair of Blackcap
Raw Nook N R - 3 male Blackcap
Martyn Priestley

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday 2 April 2017

Toad Holes Beck - Blackcap
Martyn Priestley

Redcar Tarn - LRP, Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Skylarks & MeadowPipits
Barden Scale - Osprey, House & Sand Martins, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel
Brian Vickers

Upper Wharfedale - 2 LRP, 28 Oystercatchers
Theo Kuechel

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - single Sand Martin. Greenfinch pair mating plus Kingfisher getting a fish but flying off with it uneaten - signs of spring in the air.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 1 April 2017

Yeadon Tarn - 4 Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler
Theo Kuechel

Lindley Bridge - 8 Chiff-Chaff
Barden Bridge - two dozen Sand Martin
Kex Gill - pair of Redshank
Roger Nelson

River Aire near Wagon Lane - 5 Sand Martin, single Swallow
Tom Simcock

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Sand Martin
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Friday 31 March 2017

Redcar Tarn - Ringed Plover, Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers
Brian Vickers