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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Lesser Redpoll                                               photo: Stephen Lilley

Monday 26th June 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir
A Yellow-legged Gull and a Little Owl
Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts)
Two Barnacle Geese, four Redshank and three Common Sandpiper
Brian Vickers

Peregrine                            photo: Stephen Lilley

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sunday 25th June 2017

Stonechat a male and two juveniles, a Red Grouse, Curlew, Lapwing with chicks, two Oystercatchers, and others included Swifts, Linnets, Swallows Stock Dove and a Little Owl.
Male Stonechat


Lapwing chick
All photos and records by Phil Matthews

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday 22nd June 2017

River Wharfe between Gallows Hill and Knotford Nook
A male Yellow Wagtail was watched bathing in a stony mid-stream section of the river.
Paul King

Heights Lane, Bingley
Seen in the area: Nuthatch, Red Kite, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Owl, Grey Partridge, Swallow, House Martin, Curlew, Lapwing, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Oystercatcher, Jay and female Mallard with new brood.
This bald crowned Blue Tit is a regular on the feeders, either heavy post-breeding wear or or a feather problem.        
Grey Partridge, part of a pair showing well on Walsh Lane.                              
Curlew in amongst newly cut silage on Walsh Lane                       

A male Siskin, one of a pair which make daily visitors to Bingley feeders.
Photos and sightings by Phil Matthews

Wednesday 21st June 2017

A Red Kite drifted south over Cross Lane, Birkenshaw at 12:15pm.
Simon Thompson

Beamsley to Hazlewood
Lesser Black-backed gull with trout which was probably carrion, though I have often seen them dive into shallow water to catch large single crayfish.  About a month ago I saw one attack a family of mandarins and fly off with a duckling.  Also seen were Tawny Owl, Tree Pipit, Stock Dove (pair), up to seven Red Kites circling over newly cut meadow. A Raven was seen briefly and four Snipe.
Roger Nelson
Lesser Black-backed Gull with carrion (a trout).  photo: Roger Nelson
Tawny Owl                        photo: Roger Nelson
Stock Dove (pair)                       photo: Roger Nelson

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Knotford Nook, Otley
Stephen Lilley tracked down a couple of Yellow Wagtails on the Wharfe at Knotford Nook.

A pair of Grey Partridge in the 'horse field' along the Glen Road and a Whitethroat on the lane towards Crook Farm.
Paul King

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Saturday 17th June 2017

Baildon Moor
A walk around the northern slopes of the moor: four pairs of Linnets, eight male Reed Buntings and a male Bullfinch.  A male Stonechat was seen by the quarry and a juvenile female was near the cabins at Pennithorn.  Adult Oystercatchers and their brood were once more at the "reservoirs" and a Cuckoo was heard from Faweather Grange area.
Paul King

Tong Park, Baildon
Grasshopper Warbler heard.
Roger Wilkinson

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Barden Scale - 7 species of raptors, 3 Cuckoo, Red-legged Partridge plus 14 young
Barden Moor - 4 Wheatear (adult with 3 fledged young), Green Woodpecker, Redstart
Strid Woods - Blackcap, 2 Wood Warbler
Brian Vickers

Rombalds Moor - pair of Redshank with 3 young at Thimble Stones. Two pairs of Golden Plover near the Twelve Apostles & two families of Red Grouse with 3 & 5 chicks respectively. Plenty of Curlew calling.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Monday 12 June 2017

Dowley Gap - singing Whitethroat
Saltaire - R N Parakeet
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sunday 11 June 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat. Other birds - Reed Bunting & Kingfisher.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Ogden

Heights Lane, Bingley

Recent images by Phil Matthews taken in the Heights Lane area of Bingley at the beginning of June.
Willow Warbler
Juvenile Robin
Little Owl


Wood Mouse
Roe Deer

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Saturday 10 June 2017

Stainburn to Swinsty walk - wet conditions made bird watching difficult. Waders seen were Oystercatcher, Lapwing & 2 Redshank. Both Red Kite & Buzzard recorded. Redstart & Whitethroat heard just below Scargill Reservoir along with Bullfinch & Grey Wagtail.
Peter, Derek & Shaun

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Thursday 8th June 2017

Upper Wharfedale
Roger Nelson sent these images of birding activity in Upper Wharfedale.
Adult female Great Spotted Woodpecker with a juvenile male.

A juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker

A couple of Stock Doves

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Monday 5 June 2017

Silsden town centre - just below the weir on the beck, Dipper.
Tom Hubball

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sunday 4 June 2017

Hazlewood - in garden, female GSW plus 2 juvs, pair of Redpoll, Spotted Fly, Jay, pair of Stock Dove. On the moor - pair of Stonechat with 7 eggs.
Roger Nelson

Heights Lane, Bingley - breeding Gt & Blue Tits, Swallow, Song Thrush (4), Goldfinch, Herring Gull, Mistle Thrush (bred), Blackbird (bred), Pheasant pair with juvs, Lapwing, Curlew, Pied Wagtail, Snipe, Oystercatcher (may have bred), House Martin, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Little Owl, Jay plus Roe Deer & Wood Mouse?
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing birds were Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting & Sedge Warbler. Recently fledged young seen - Great Tit, Collared Dove & Reed Bunting. Up to 3 Bullfinch came to the feeders. Seven L B B were joined by a Herring Gull on the fast diminishing lake. There is a definite drop in Swift in this area. The birds usually breed in the nearby houses but hardly one to be seen.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Thursday 1 June 2017

Sconce & Pennythorn Hill - Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit & Willow Warbler all feeding young.
Little Owl seen at three regular sites. Cuckoo also recorded.
Jeremy Taylor

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 singing Whitethroat, one appears now to have a mate. Pair of Bullfinch at the feeders & several Reed Buntings active in the reed bed.
The recent heavy downpours appear to have seen off both the Reed Warbler and the two Sedge Warblers. Both Blackcaps & Chiff-Chaffs were singing this morning.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Heather Park, St Ives - second visit re BTO Woodcock Monitoring Survey produced 22 sightings in the 75 minutes. On three occasions there were two birds roding together & once three birds were up. How many birds were involved in anybody's guess!
Shaun Radcliffe