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

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Thursday 31 August 2017

Fly Flatts - 8 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear, Raven, SEO
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a nice selection of migrants seen in the willows this morning - Reed Warbler,Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap and at least 3 clean Willow Warblers. Also recorded - Cormorant, Sparrowhawk with juveniles such as Greenfinch, Reed Bunting & Bullfinch. Large Toad on footpath.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Oxenhope Watchpoint - 1 Whinchat, 1 Swift, 3 Snipe flying east.
Howard Creber

Barden Scale - cream crown Marsh Harrier
Fly Flatts - 1 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Sconce Lane area - 3 Whitethroat, 9 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiff-Chff, 3 Little Owl,
2 Buzzard, Goldcrest.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Apperley Bridge - single Swift flying high heading west. Also Wren, Dunnock, 7 LTT & 9 House Martin.
Damian Pearson

Fly Flatts - 2 Wheatear,
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, male Merlin, SEO
Leeshaw Reservoir - Yellow-legged Gull
Brian Vickers

Monday, 28 August 2017

Monday 28th August 2017

Stainburn Forest, Norwood - 3 Spotted Fly, Coal Tits & Goldcrests
Theo Kuechel

Leeshaw Reservoir - 1 Wheatear, Little Owl, 6 Cormorants
Fly Flatts - 6 Wheatear, 2 Raven
Nab Water Lane - 1 Wheatear, Buzzard.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday 27th August 2017

Seven Wheatears in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Fly Flatts - 3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat,
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wren
Barden Scale - pair of Redstart, Merlin
Addingham - Red Kite
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Saturday 26 August 2017

Sconce Lane area - male Stonechat, 3 Little Owl, 2 Stock Dove.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday 25 August 2017

Nab Water Lane - female Merlin, Kestrel, 2 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Thursday 24 August 2017

Nab Water Lane - 5 Stonechat, Wheatear, Cuckoo, 2 Raven.
Howard Creber & Brian Vickers 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir - 14 Teal, 5 Curlew, Cormorant
Nab Water Lane - 2 Raven, 3 Stonechat, Wheatear.
Brian Vickers

Whetstone Gate - this evening, 2 Wheatear, Curlew
Shaun Radcliffe 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Fly Flatts & Nab Water Lane - 12 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 2 SEO, 3 Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel plus flock of 11 Grey Partridge.
Howard Creber

Sconce Lane area - 5 Spotted Fly, 2 Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, 2 Willow Warbler (one singing), Kestrel, Buzzard, 4 Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 21 August 2017

Nab  Water Lane - Peregrine, Whinchat 2, Stonechat 5, Kestrel 2
Brian Vickers & Howard Creber

Harden Moor - 6 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Whitethroat. Plenty of Red Admirals on heather.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday 20 August 2017

Otley - 3 Swifts west
Theo Kuechel

Barden Moor - Short-eared Owl
Nab Water Lane - 10 Stonechats (adults & juvs), 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, a Spotted Flycatcher (unusual for this site), Wren.
Brian Vickers 

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - adult Whitethroat plus a juvenile, Reed Bunting, juvenile Bullfinch, Cormorant on lake.
Shaun Radcliffe, John Ogden

At 7am, a male Merlin flew very low over the Golf Course and headed towards the Glen Road.  A Sparrowhawk jousted with a Raven, and a male Kestrel and a Common Buzzard were both over the Pennithorn side of the moor.  Three Wheatears fed from the walls by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Saturday 19 August 2017

Barden Scale - Hobby, Marsh Harrier (cream crown), Buzzard, Red Kite
Addingham Village - 3 Swift
Brian Vickers

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday 18 August 2017

Fly Flatts - 10 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday 16th August 2017

At Golcar Farm, a Spotted Flycatcher and at nearby Willowfield, three Tree Sparrows on the feeders and a Whitethroat in the hedge.  Just one Wheatear on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Fly Flatts - juvenile Peregrine. (Just outside our area at Cold Edge Dams - 2 Whinchat)
Howard Creber

Scargill Pasture - 2 Wheatear, a Snipe was flushed.
Below Scargill Reservoir - 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite.
John O'Gaunt Reservoir area - 6 Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel
Also nice to see a Wall Brown Butterfly.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 14 August 2017

Monday 14 August 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir - 230 Meadow Pipits congregated but no movement seen. Also a reeling Grasshopper Warbler was heard from dry scrub near the conduit.
Howard Creber

River Aire, Wagon Lane stretch - Common Sandpiper, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
Shaun Radcliffe
Osprey over Leeshaw Reservoir 13th August.  photo: Chris King

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday 13th August 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir - Osprey fishing, Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Curlew, feral Barnacle & Bar-headed Goose, & 30 Greylag plus a Yellow-legged Gull
Chris King  

Caldene Fields - Tree Pipit seen indicating movement.
Martyn Priestley

On a beautiful morning, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Whitethroat were present.  In the fields two Wheatears were feeding and a juvenile Common Buzzard flew onto a telephone pole.  A second Whitethroat was on bracken at the end of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King
Also in the Sconce Lane area - at the cabins, male Redstart, 2 Spotted Fly, 2 female Redstart in Birch Close, also a single Wheatear, 12 Linnet & 5 Little Owls (2 juvs)
Jeremy Taylor

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch
Shaun Radcliffe

Upper Wharfedale
Roger Nelson has sent these recent images

Spotted Flycatchers

Adult Curlew and two juvenile Curlews

Stock Dove


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Catch Up

Been away so these records are from last week. Talking of catch, hope those responsible for the Marsh Harrier illegal interference get caught.

Thursday 10 August - Nab Water Lane - 5 Stonechat ( pair of adults & 3 young), Wheatear.
Fly Flatts -  6 Wheatear, Peregrine
Barden Scale - 10 Buzzard, 5 Red Kite, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Hobby.
Brian Vickers

Friday 11 August - Apperley Bridge/ Esholt - 2 Sparrowhawk, female Mandarin, 6 Chiff-Chaff, Kingfisher, 2 R R Parakeet.
Damian Pearson

Saturday 12th August 2017

Denton Moor
Please watch this video of the destruction of a Marsh Harrier's nest on Denton Moor.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Saturday 5 August 2017

Esholt/Apperley Bridge area - 120 Lapwing (Esholt Urban Quarry), 4 Bullfinch, male Kestrel, Kingfisher, GSW
Damian Pearson

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sunday 6th August 2017

Storiths - Hazlewood - 4 Raven, 4 Spotted Fly, 2 Stock Dove
Roger Nelson

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting
Shaun Radcliffe

Two Wheatears on the Golf Course (an adult and a juvenile).
Paul King

Friday, 4 August 2017

Thursday 3 August 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir - Hobby chasing hirundines on north side of reservoir.
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

A juvenile Wheatear was feeding on the 14th fairway.
Paul King

Steve Meredith sent this image of a Grey Wagtail in his garden!