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 dedicated to the study and conservation of birds within this region which is situated amongst the Pennines of Northern England.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Apperley Bridge area - 5 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiff-Chaff, pair of Gadwall, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush
Damian Pearson

St Ives, Bingley - during a 75 minute watch around sunset, 26 sightings of Woodcock roding recorded. Twice two birds were together & once four flew.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe 

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Sunday 27 May 2018

Keighley Moor - 2 Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, 25 Curlew, Snipe
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Reed Warblers singing, close views of Garden Warbler feeding in cotoneaster, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting. Noisy Canadas have gone.
Opposite Bingley G S - 2 singing Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Iberian Chiffchaff at Stainburn.

The male bird, first seen at the weekend, is still present.  It is very close to the mast (within 200m); park at the small car park right at the brow of the hill, and take the path through the wooden barrier, not the one next to it through a steel barrier.  About 7-8 minutes walk from the car park, with a bit of a climb. 

Shipley Glen
Breeding Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Tawny Owl nests are featured in Paul Marfell's photos.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Shipley Glen
Breeding birds include Treecreeper and Nuthatch.

Nuthatch and Treecreeper                               photos: Paul King

Monday 21st May 2018

Norwood Edge
An Iberian Chiffchaff (200m from the mast), three singing Redstarts, two Garden Warblers and a Tree Pipit were seen.
Theo Kuechel

Harden Moor
Three Whitethroats singing and six Sand Martins in the quarry.
Paul King

Roger Nelson reports that Spotted Flycatchers, Stock Doves and Siskins are frequent visitors to gardens in the area.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Saturday 19th May 2018


Seen in the woods: Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, Lesser Redpoll and Tawny Owl.
John Brookes

Upper Wharfedale
Pied Flycatcher                               photo: Roger Nelson
Long-tailed Tits                                             photo: Roger Nelson
Five Bar-headed Geese on Beamsley Moor                       photo: Roger Nelson

Five Bar-headed Geese airborne                                    photo: Roger Nelson  

Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday 18 May 2018

Stainburn Forest - 8 Tree Pipit, 2 singing Redstarts, 40 Crossbill, 10 Siskin & Lesser Redpolls are some of the birds seen.
John Armstrong

Leeshaw Reservoir - Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, Snipe, 2 Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Grey Wagtail
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Thursday 17 May 2018

Strid Woods - 6 male Pied Flycatchers, 3 male Blackcap, 2 male Redstarts
Roger Nelson

Storiths Road - Green Woodpecker, Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear, Little Owl, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sunday 13 May 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - LTT carrying food to site, Whitethroat showing well on heaps of dead wood piled up, Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler plus visit by 3 Herring Gulls. The birds came to look for Canada Goose eggs & one bird was successful. It carried an egg between its beak & placed it on the ground before stabbing the egg many times. This failed to break the egg.

Opposite Bingley G S - now 2 singing Whitethroat plus a Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Saturday 12 May 2018

Barden Moor - female Whinchat, Cuckoo
Strid Woods - Redstart, Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatchers, Blackcap
Brian Vickers

Heber's Ghyll Wood - Cuckoo heard
John Brooks

Beamsley Beacon - 5 Bar-headed Geese with Greylags
Roger Nelson

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 7 Reed Warbler, one observer did see a Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, female Goldeneye, distant call of Whitethroat plus brief song of a Redstart. Plenty of Swifts.
BOG Walk.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Thursday 10 May 2018

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 50+ Swifts, Common Tern, Sand Martins, Reed & Sedge Warblers.
Timble Village - Tree Sparrows.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Whitethroat, singing despite cold wind blowing. Also Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Garden Warbler singing. Appear to have lost Sedge Warblers but a Reed Warbler is calling from the reed bed.
St Ives - in a 75 minute survey, Woodcock passed by with one record of 3 birds in the air at one time.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Hawksworth Moor - Cuckoo (seen & heard), 18 Golden Plovers, Kestrel
Buck Stones - 2 female Wheatear, Kestrel
Green Hairstreak Butterflies seen at both places.
Shaun Radcliffe

Upper Wharfedale

Greylag goslings and a male Stonechat.  Photos: Roger Nelson

Monday, 7 May 2018

Monday 7th May 2018

Hazlewood Moor - 2 Cuckoos heard, male Wheatear, pair of Stonechat, Greylags with 4g.
Roger Nelson

St Ives, Bingley - At least two Woodcock roding plus Garden Warbler singing.
Thomas Simcock

Harden Moor (AM)
3 singing Whitethroat at Ryecroft end.
Lapwing and Curlew in adjacent fields.
Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Redpoll, Sand Martin colony, Swallow

East Riddlesden Hall (AM)
2 Common Sandpiper, Reed Bunting,
3 Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap
Willow Warbler, Sand Martin, House Martin

Stockbridge (members only)Nature Reserve (PM)
Reed Warbler singing in large reedbed
Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Swifts x8, Swallow
M Doveston

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Sunday 6 May 2018

Opposite Bingley Grammar School - 2 singing Common Whitethroat, 2 singing Blackcaps.
Shaun Radcliffe

Six Wheatears on the Golf Course.
Paul King

St.Ives Estate - 46 species
International Dawn Chorus Day walk with RSPB Bradford & Airedale
Green Woodpecker, GSptdWdpkr, Lapwings, Skylarks,
Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck,
Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and 4 other species of Warblers,
Little Owl, Pheasant, Nuthatch, Treecreeper
M Doveston et al

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of singing Garden Warbler from hide. 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Swift (but only one), Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, LTT carrying food plus Canada Geese with goslings (5 & 6).
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Saturday 5 May 2018

Worth Valley - Cuckoo calling
Strid Woods - 10 plus Pied Flycatchers
Andrew Kitts 

Glovershaw area - 3 reeling Grasshopper Warblers (not seen), 2 Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear, at least 5 Snipe drumming, Lapwing with chicks, Kestrel, about 7 Willow Warblers, 5 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, 4 Stock Dove plus distant view of Buzzard.
BOG organised walk.

Friday 4 May 2018

Snaygill - 4 Sedge Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler
Barden - 2 Wheatear, Ring Ouzel
Storith Road - Wheatear, pair of Redstart, pair of Blackcap, Willow Warbler
Brian Vickers

Hawksworth Moor area - 27 Golden Plover, 4 Wheatear, Kestrel
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Thursday 3 May 2018

Five Lane End, Bradford - Red Kite flying over Morrisons!
Matt Bell

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Sedge Warblers (one seen), 2 singing Garden Warblers,
2 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch. No Whitethroat yet.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw (site of Saturday's walk)
Six Wheatears, singing Whitethroat, Reed Bunting (pairs), waders include Redshank, Snipe, Curlew and Lapwings with chicks.
Paul King

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Storith Road, Barden - Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Blackcap.
Brian Vickers

Bingley Moor - 2 female Wheatear. No sign of Goldies.
Bradup - single Redshank, Reed Bunting
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Monday 30 April 2018

Apperley Bridge/Esholt - 6 singing Blackcaps, 4 singing Whitethroats, 3 Chiff-Chaff, pair of Gadwall, Kestrel.
Damian Pearson