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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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Tuesday 30th April 2019

A singing Lesser Whitethroat in Parkinson's Park.
Darren Ward

Swift over town.
Theo Kuechel

Skipton Sewage Works
Three Swifts
Dave Dimmock

Cuckoos reported at Hoodstorth and on Denton Moor.

Otley Wetland
Sedge Warbler and another Common Tern
Andrew Kelly

Strid Woods - 13 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Redstart, Garden Warbler, Wood Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Blackcaps. Along the river from Cavendish to Barden Bridge - 17 Common Sandpiper, Dipper, two pair of Mandarin Duck plus two more males
Roger Nelson, Howard Creber & Shaun Radcliffe

Photos, taken in Strid Wood from Roger Nelson

Top to bottom - Goosander (female), Goosander (male), Lapwing chicks, Pied Flycatcher (male) and Willow Warbler with feather all by Roger Nelson.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Monday 29 April 2019

Hollins Hall grounds - Lesser Whitethroat
Roger Wilkinson

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - plenty of Sand Martin at colony, Mandarin, Treecreeper, Redstart, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff
Steve Parkes

Apperley Bridge- single Swift
Damian Pearson

Wood Warbler, four Redstarts.
Alan Tremethick.

Strid Wood
Two singing Wood Warblers, six Pied Flycatchers
Mark Doveston

A Cuckoo was heard near Pennythorn Plantation (reported to Paul King).

Three of the regularly seen species on Baildon Moor, taken by Phil Matthews.

Wheatear (female), Whitethroat and Willow Warbler

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Sunday 28 April 2019

Ebor Lane, Haworth - Garden Warbler
Howard Creber

Glovershaw - 6 Wheatear, 13 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting
Phil Matthews

Swinsty Reservoir - male Redstart at the southern end of reservoir.
Jon Budworth

Scargill Reservoir
Whimbrel flew over.
Andy Jowett

Barden Moor
Cuckoo, four Ring Ousels
Dave Dimmock

Saturday 27 April 2019

Leeshaw Reservoir - an Artic Tern feeding over the water for 20 minutes.
Brian Vickers

Yeadon Tarn
About 100 Sand Martins
Darren Sheppard

Friday, 26 April 2019

Friday 26th April 2019

Two Yellow Wagtails were together on the 10th green of Baildon Golf Course at 7.45pm.  Three Wheatears were close by and another was in the fields by Golcar Farm where a Redshank was feeding.
Paul King.

A female Pied Flycatcher in Strid Wood                        photo: Keith Allen
Curlews are now well established on our local uplands.    photo: Steve Meredith
Thornton - Ten Yards Lane
30+ Sand Martins at quarry.
Mark Pearson

Common Tern over Asda
Andy Jowett

Otley Wetland Nature Reserve
Common Tern, Garden Warbler and Reed Warbler. 
Andrew Kelly

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Thursday 25th April 2019

Strid Woods - Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher
Leeshaw Reservoir - Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank
Silsden Reservoir - Shalduck
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler
Shaun Radcliffe

Three Wheatears (two females and a male)
Paul King

Other birds in the Eldwick and Glovershaw.

Top to bottom: Reed Bunting (male), Golden Plover, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail photos: Phil Matthews.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Storiths Road - 8 Crossbill, Tawny Owl, Cuckoo & Green Woodpecker heard.
Howard Creber

Leeshaw Reservoir - male Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 3 Dunlin
Brian Vickers

Strid Woods - 2 Pied Flycatcher
Barden Scale - Redstart, 2 Treecreeper, Dipper, 2 female goosander
Keith Allen

Pennythorn Hill - Grasshopper Warbler heard only briefly, singing Whitethroat
Glovershaw - Wheatear, flocks of 18 & 35 Golden Plover, Willow Warblers everywhere plus 6 Hares in the area.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

A singing Common Whitethroat.
Paul King

Leeshaw Reservoir
Little Owl (photo: Steve Parkes) and Redshank (Phil Matthews) photographed on 20th April.
Heights Lane, Eldwick

Willow Warbler (photo: Phil Matthews) and Lapwing chick (Steve Parkes) photographed on 21st April.

Glovershaw area - single Golden Plover, Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 10 Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, 15 Green Hairstreak butterflies.
Bradup - 5 Golden Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe, 2 Wheatear, 2 Snipe
Phil Matthews

Trough Lane - 5 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel
Leeshaw Reservoir - 3 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 4 Snipe
Storiths Road -Siskin,Woodcock
Brian Vickers

Lister Park Lake -  some inner city records - Greylag with 4 gosling, 5 Coots on nest plus a Moorhen & 2 Canadas on nest.
Joy Leach

Monday, 22 April 2019

Monday 22nd April 2019

Two female Wheatears, two pairs of Reed Bunting, three pairs of Curlew, pair of Little Owls, eight Willow Warblers in the Pennithorne area and a pair of Swallows in addition to breeding Lapwings, Snipe and Redshank.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sunday 21 April 2019

Heights Lane & Eldwick Reservoir - 2 Sparrowhawk, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Swallow, Sand Martin, pair of Tufted Duck, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Nuthatch, GSW
Phil Matthews

Norwood Edge to Little Almscliffe - Curlews, pair Sparrowhawk jostling in the air, Snipe drumming, 70-75 Golden Plover towards Scargill reservoir, 3 GSW, 5-6 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Linnet, singing male Siskin, 4-5 Crossbill.
John Armstrong

St.Ives Estate 0700-1030am
single Redwing heard, Siskin, Redpoll, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Tufted Ducks, Goosanders, Little Owl, Lapwing, Skylark, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay.
M Doveston et al

A male Wheatear on the 11th fairway and a roost of 30 Golden Plovers in the fields adjacent to Glovershaw Lane.
Paul King

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Saturday 20 April 2019

Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Lapwing chicks, 7 Wheatear, Little Owl plus Green Hairstreak butterfly.
Steve Parkes

Low Wood, Riddlesden - Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Garden Warbler, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker (heard), Blackcaps plus Orange-tip butterflies.
John Preshaw et al

Trough Lane - 6 Wheatear
Nab Water lane - 6 Wheatear
Leeshaw Reservoir -  10 Linnets
Brian Vickers

7am - A roost of 150 Golden Plovers and 30 Fieldfares remain in the fields by Golcar Farm.
3pm - A Lapwing with three chicks.

Shipley Glen
A walk from Brackenhall produced 12 Willow Warblers, six Swallows a Common Buzzard and the now familiar Harris' Hawk.
Paul King

Friday 19 April 2019

Storiths Road - 26 Fieldfare, 2 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Jay
Barden Moor - Ring Ouzel, Wheatear
Trough Lane - 2 Wheatear
Strid woods - Pied Flycatcher, Treecreeper
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Thursday 18 April 2019

Storiths Road - Willow Warblers, Blackcap & Crossbills
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher (first sighting for months), 2 Snipe flushed, 2 singing Blackcap, Swallows, Sand Martins, 2 Oystercatchers (short stay), Stock Dove examining a nest box, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wednesday 17th April 2019

A flock of over 50 Fieldfares were feeding by Golcar Farm, whilst a sizeable number of Golden Plovers were still present in the field adjacent to Glovershaw Lane.  Three Wheatears were at the bottom of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Folly Hall Woods - 2 male Redstart
Jon Budworth

Leeming Reservoir - 6 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, single House Martin
Trough Lane - Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tuesday 16th April 2019

The Golden Plover flock has now increased to about 250. Two Wheatears were on the fairways.
Paul King

Leeshaw Reservoir - Common Sandpiper
The Goit, Oxenhope - Chiff-Chaff, Dipper, Wren taking food to nest.
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Swallow.
Brian Vickers

Monday 15th - Silsden Reservoir - 4 Swallow, 2 Sand martin
                         Barden Moor - 5 Raven
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Sunday 14th April 2019

Dowley Gap, Bingley
A flock of 50 hirundines (60% House Martins and 40% Swallows), were feeding over the sewage works, .
Paul King

Apperley Bridge - Kestrel, pair of Gadwall, Mandarin, 2 singing Blackaps.
Damian Pearson

Saturday 13th April 2019

The Golden Plover flock, in the fields by Golcar farm, has now grown to over 190.  A Redshank was also in the same area, whilst Lapwings are sitting on eggs and Snipe and Curlew in also present in good numbers.
Paul King

Keighley Moor - White Wagtail
James Longbottom

Trough Lane - 4 Wheatear
Barden Moor - male Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Redshank stayed for a few minutes, singing Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 12 April 2019

Friday 12 April 2019

Tonge park, Baildon - 16 Gadwall, all paired up.
Roger Wilkinson

Storith Road - 2 Swallow, 2 Crossbill, Chiff-Chaff, Green Woodpecker, Tawny Owl calling.
Brian Vickers

John o'Gaunts Reservoir - male Redstart, Willow Warbler, 2 pair of Teal, 3 pair of Tufted Duck,
pair of Redshank, a Snipe flushed plus 6 Swallows.
Scargill Pasture - huge flocks of Golden Plover totalling 300 to 400 birds. Pied Wagtail pair with male displaying to female with head bowing & tail lifting.
Stainburn Plantation - singing Willow Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday continued

Stainburn Plantation - 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Crossbill, 8 Siskin, 7 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker calling.
John Poland

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Thursday 11th April 2019

Watson Lane, Sandwith Moor - this afternoon, Great Grey Shrike moving about to small bushes.
Mike Bloomfield et al

A flock of up to 50 Golden Plovers in Golcar Fields. A Willow Warbler was singing in Pennithorn Plantation.  Two Stock Doves were making a nest at Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Bingley Bog North

Photos taken on 7th April at Bingley Bog North by Phil Matthews.  From the top - Wren, Chiffchaff and Little Egret.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Tuesday 9 April 2019

7:15am Five Wheatears
Paul King

Strid on river - Common Sandpiper
Barden Moor - male Ring Ouzel hopping around a Redwing.
John Brooks

Monday, 8 April 2019

Monday 8th April 2019

Shipley Glen - singing Blackcap, calling Nuthatches, drumming GSW.
Shaun Radcliffe

Two House Martins
Howard Creber

Doe Park Reservoir, Denholme
Willow Warbler
Mark Pearson

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Sunday 7th April 2019

St.Ives Estate
2 flocks of Brambling, one above Lady Blantyre's the other down Blind Lane above Betty's Wood.
Willow Warbler at Coppice Bog, Redpoll, Siskin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Mute Swans, Tufted Duck
Goosander, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Gt Sptd Wdpkr,
M Doveston et al

Embsay Moor
Two Ring Ouzel and five Wheatear
Theo Kuechel

Bingley Bog North - Little Egret, 2 male Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, pair of Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Pheasant, plus Small Tortoishell & Peacock butterflies.
Phil Matthews

Saturday 6th April 2019

Oxenhope area
A female Black Redstart at a private site
Photo by Chris King
Five Wheatears on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Trough Lane, Denholme
11 Wheatears
Howard Creber

Stockbridge - members only
Chiffchaff, Herring Gulls, Reed Buntings
M Doveston

Coldstone Beck - 3 Wheatear, 2 Linnet, 5 Golden Plover, 2 male Ring Ouzel
Baildon Station - singing Brambling at top of tree. At garden feeder, 5 Siskin, 6 Greenfinch & 9 Bullfinch.
Jeremy Taylor

Friday, 5 April 2019

Friday 5th April 2019

Nine Wheatears this morning (six males and three females) - that's 23 in the last three days. There's also lots more to see - breeding Lapwings, Snipe, Curlew, Oystercatchers, Meadow Pipits displaying and Skylarks etc.
Paul King

Trough Lane - 16 Wheatear
Howard Creber

Lindley Bridge - 2 Blackcap (1 singing), 4 Chiffchaff plus single Swallow & Sand Martin.
Roger Nelson

Sandbeds - Little Egret flew up Aire Valley 07:30
M Doveston

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Thursday 4th April 2019

Another seven Wheatears (four male and three females) on Baildon Golf Course this am.
Paul King

Upper Wharfedale
Six recent images from Roger Nelson

Top to bottom: Barn Owl, Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher with Redshank, single Redshank, Ring Ousel and Ringed Plover

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Swinsty Reservoir - single Swallow, 2 Chiff-Chaff, pair of Redshank.
Hazlewood - pair of Little Owl.
Roger Nelson

Bingley Bog North - this morning, Little Egret.
Shaun Radcliffe

Seven Wheatears (five males and two females) on 7th fairway of Golf Course.

Yeadon Tarn
One Great Crested Grebe, a pair of Oystercatchers, eight Tufted Ducks (all paired) 24 Mute Swans, two pairs of Reed Buntings and two singing Chiffchaffs.

Baildon Garden
A single male Siskin on the feeder
Paul King

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Coldstone Beck, Burley Moor
Five Wheatears
Derek Parkin

male Wheatear
Paul King

Hazlewood Moor - 4 Ring Ouzel, pair of Stonechat, Lapwing on nest.
Roger Nelson

Bradford Golf Course/Tonge Park - a Waxwing flew to the top of a tree & before flying north. Pair of Mandarin Duck hole prospecting, plus Chiff-Chaffs.
Roger Wilkinson

Whetstone Gate
Ring Ousel
Dave Dimmock

Monday, 1 April 2019

Monday 1 April 2019

Trough Lane - 4 Wheatears
Brian Vickers

Whetstone Gate - pair of Stonechat, pair of Oystercatcher plus mixed flock of 70 winter thrushes
(80% Fieldfare) ground feeding with Starlings.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
Pair of Green Woodpeckers. Both were calling, female climbed tree and then dropped to the ground.
Paul King

Four Wheatears on the 12th fairway.
Whats Ap Group

Thornton, Ten Yards Lane
Two Wheatears
Mark Pearson