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 May 2017

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Strid Wood
A Wood Warbler was singing in the beech wood below the Strid. Other species included three Common Sandpipers, Oystercatcher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Redstart, two Garden Warblers, at least four Spotted Flycatchers and numerous Pied Flycatchers.  Heard, but seen were Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Siskin and Redpoll.
John Armstrong.

Baildon Moor (Reservoirs)
A pair of Oystercatchers with three chicks. Also a pair of Tufted Duck in the evening.
Paul King

Glovershaw - pair of Redshank, Whitethroat near Dobrudden Farm, Linnet & Cuckoo calling, plenty of singing Willow Warblers.

Graincliffe Reservoir area - Cuckoo, pair of Woodcock roding.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Saturday 27 May 2017

BOG walk - Beecroft Plantation & Timble - 48 Species recorded including a family of 4 Common Sandpiper on Fewston Reservoir, pair of Spotted Flycatcher in Beecroft along with two Garden Warbler, Blackcaps & Redstart plus GSW carrying food.  Timble area produced good views of Tree Pipit, Siskin, distant sightings of Buzzard & Red Kite, Grey Wagtail, Linnet & pair of Lesser Redpoll & a Whitethroat.
Many birds were singing throughout the walk such as Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Redstart, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Siskin, Skylark, Goldfinch.  Lapwing with two chicks seen in fields towards Timble village.
Shaun Radcliffe
Tree Pipits at Timble.                                                       photos: Keith Allen

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Friday 26th May 2017

Strid Wood
Images from Strid Wood, taken by Phil Matthews.

Common Sandpiper                                   photo: Phil Matthews
Pied Flycatcher                                               photo: Phil Matthews

Pied Flycatcher (female)                                     photo: Phil Matthews
At least three pairs of Common Whitethroat have been identified on Baildon Moor.
Common Whitethroat                                                photo: Phil Matthews

Thursday 25 May 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff- Chaff family, at least 2 Sedge Warblers singing, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, GSW, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat singing.
John Preshaw, Howard Creber, Shaun Radcliffe

A Red Kite was seen with prey, a pair of Stonechat were near the quarry and a pair of Linnet were feeding on the Golf Course.  A Tree Sparrow flew towards the reservoir.
Paul King

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Curlew, Skylark, Meadow Pipit (2 carrying food), Lapwing, Red Kite, Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Whitethroat, Snipe, Willow Warbler, Cuckoo, Swallow, Oystercatcher, Red Grouse and Grey Heron

Strid Woods
Swallow, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Cuckoo, Pied Flycatcher (4 pairs observed at nest box), Song Thrush, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Redstart, Willow Warbler, Oystercatcher, House Martin, Sand Martin, Curlew, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Mandarin Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Goosander
Phil Matthews

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday 21 May 2017

Goit Stock, Harden - Cuckoo heard
Matthew Rawnsley

Bradup - Skylark, Lapwing (3 chicks seen), Red Grouse, Curlew, House Martin, Kestrel, Snipe, Greylags, Swift, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Red Kite.
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler still singing from main reed bed but now a Sedge Warbler is in the thin line of reeds next to the ditch. There are two singing Whitethroat on the reserve. Other birds - Blackcap, Bullfinch, Garden Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, Sand Martins, Swifts & Swallows.
John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
The Sedge Warbler, seen yesterday, is still singing and displaying from an area of brambles on the right of the Glen Road (when travelling up the road).
Paul King

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday 20th May 2017

Shipley Glen
A Sedge Warbler was calling and displaying from a bramble patch on the Glen Road.  A Garden Warbler was singing from the Glen and the Tawny Owl nest now includes juveniles.
Paul King

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday 18th May 2017

There was a pair of Stonechats near the quarry (2nd tee), where pairs have traditionally nested.  In the area,  around the northern area of Baildon Moor, breeding pairs included Linnets, Dunnocks, Reed Buntings and Red Grouse.  15 singing Willow Warblers were counted on the walk.  A pair of Red Kites flew over Pennithorn and a pair of Whitethroats had established themselves where the Grasshopper Warblers bred successfully last year.  A few Swifts went by, Meadow Pipits were carrying food and a small flock of Starlings with juveniles was seen near the plantation.
Paul King

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Pairs of Whitethroat, Reed Bunting and Stock Dove were amongst the breeding birds. Snipe were 'drumming' and a single was seen sitting on a fence post.
Paul King

Spotted Flycatcher in the village.
Roger Nelson.

Tuesday 16th May 2017

A handsome Jay visited a Hazlewood garden.  photo: Roger Nelson
Shipley Glen
A Cuckoo was heard and breeding birds include Tawny Owl.
Paul King.

Sunday 14th May 2017

Otley Wetland Nature Reserve
On the reserve there were two Common Terns, Two Reed Warblers, a Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler and a Sedge Warbler.
Brian Vickers

Saturday 13th May 2017

Upper Wharfedale
Some of the action from this area as seen through the lens of Roger Nelson.
A female Goosander and Common Sandpiper on the Wharfe
A female Golden Plover

A sub-adult Grey Heron

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday 12 May 2017

Toad Holes Beck - Sedge Warbler
Martyn Priestley

Myrtle Park, Bingley - juvenile Grey Wagtail on riverbank.
Near Dowley Gap - Garden Warbler singing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Barden Scale
An Osprey and a Hobby were seen.
Brian Vickers

Thursday 11 May 2017

Baildon Station - evening sighting of a Peregrine being mobbed.
Jeremy Taylor

Dealburn Road woodland site, near Raw Nook - single Lesser Whitethroat
Martyn Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Common Whitethroat singing, Reed Warbler, 3 Bullfinch at feeders, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Barden Watchpoint - 2 Osprey, cream crowned Marsh Harrier.
Howard Creber

Raw Nook - single lesser Whitethroat mid afternoon.
Martyn Priestley

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Whetstone Gate - 3 Wheatears, all females, hare.
Graincliffe Reservoir area - Cuckoo, singing Willow Warbler, Lesser Redpoll & Siskin which was singing whilst doing its flight display.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunday 7th May 2017

St.Ives Estate Bingley 0700-1030 - 48 species
Pied Flycatcher ♂ at Racecourse Plantation
Wood Warbler ♂ near Racecourse.
Mute Swan, Canada goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Kestrel, Cuckoo, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Skylark, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Hedge Accentor, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Redpoll, Greenfinch, Bullfinch.
M Doveston et al

Late evening at same venue - Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Cuckoo - Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 6 May 2017

BOG's Local Patch Challenge Day 2017

Best of luck to all those who are taking part in this event tomorrow.

Follow up social evening on this Monday at Brown Cow Pub, Bingley in the function room at 7pm.

 Dont forget your record sheets! 

Saturday 6 May 2017

Swifts reported today from Oxenhope, Hazlewood area, Raw Nook in South Bradford & Myrtle Park, Bingley.

Hazlewood - Beamsley Beacon -Round Hill - Garden Warbler, 3 Cuckoos, 2 Skylark, single Golden Plover & Snipe.
Roger Nelson

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday 5 May 2017

High Royds - 22 House Martin.
Yeadon Tarn - 2 Swift
Theo Kuechel

Strid Woods - pair of Pied Fly, 2 Redstart, Chiff-Chaff, 2 Blackcap, Common Sandpiper & Dipper.
Tom Hubball

Bromley Road, Bingley - Swifts
Rex Holt

Thursday 4 May 2017

Harden Moor - Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Redpoll & Sand Martin.
Nigel Priestley

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Barden Scale - Swift, Osprey
Strid Woods - Pied Fly, Redstarts, Garden & Wood Warbler.
Howard Creber

A male Yellow Wagtail flew from the fields around Golcar Farm towards Birch Close Lane.  There were four Wheatears at various places on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Photos taken by Phil Mathews on 1st May.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Shipley Glen - Wood Warbler

Mike Bloomfield

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, Gadwall, 2 G C G, Common Tern
Shaun Radcliffe 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday 1 May 2017

Bradup - Red Grouse 5, Stonechat displaying near quarry, Lapwing 30, 4 Wheatear, 4 Snipe displaying, Cuckoo heard (distant), single Redshank, 4 Swallow, Pied Wagtail.
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat. Common Sandpiper has moved on.
Bingley Bog North - at least 6 singing Blackcap, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Three Wheatears on the 8th fairway and a Cuckoo calling from Pennythorn plantation.
Paul King

 Toad Holes Beck
A Jay looking for an acorn                                             photo: Martyn Priestley
                                  Here's one I left earlier!                                             photo: Martyn Priestley