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, 31 July 2019

Stockbridge Access Update

If you are a regular visitor to the Reserve, you should have received fresh details about access. Please e-mail me if you are a key holder and have not had any advice so you can be updated.
You must of course be a current paid up member.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Fly flatts -  5 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Stockbridge Notice

There have been some issues getting through the gate at Stockbridge as there appears to be a problem with the padlock. We are investigating and hope to have it resolved shortly.

Monday 29 July 2019

Apperley Bridge/ Esholt - Kingfisher 2, Moorhen with 4 chicks, 20 Lapwing post breeding flock,
GSW & Nuthatch calling.
Damian Pearson

Scargill Reservoir - flock of 300 Lapwing
John O'Gaunt's Reservoir - 4 Little Grebe
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 26 July 2019

Friday 26 July 2019

Upwood Farm above Riddlesden - pair of Spotted Fly, both adults. One carrying moth/butterfly & flew into the wood.
Shaun Radcliffe

A Little Egret on the River Aire at 4pm.
Matthew Rawnsley

Low Wood
Confrontation between Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard.

25th July
A Ring-necked Parakeet at Low Utley
Josh Selfe

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019

Myrtle Park, Bingley
Matthew Rawnsley has sent a photo of a Great White Egret he saw in Myrtle Park on Saturday (20th).

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sunday 21st July 2019

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 juv Blackcap, pair of Whitethroat feeding nestlings. Site in use was prepared by working party in the winter. Use of dead branches piled up near far gate.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yeadon Tarn
Two Common Terns at the north end with Whitethroats in the bushes and Skylarks in the fields.
Jeremy Taylor

Adult Whitethroats with juveniles and a young Little Owl in the trees by the cabins at Pennythorn. An adult Curlew with a juvenile was feeding on the 8th fairway.
Paul King

Three fledgling Jays in a Haworth garden enjoying a fat ball which had fallen onto the ground.
Howard Creber

Bolton Abbey area
During July, Roger Nelson took these images of birds in Upper Wharfedale.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Pennythorn/Glovershaw, Baildon
A family of at least five Whitethroats, possibly up to seven in a bramble patch.  Seven Oystercatchers feeding on the fairways and four adult Meadow Pipits seen carrying food to nests.
Paul King

Phil Matthew's photos taken at Pennythorn where Meadow Pipit, Redstart and Reed Bunting are in the midst of breeding.
Treecreeper on Albert Road.  Also a Sparrowhawk in the area.
Graham Wood

Lister Park, Bradford
Tufted Duck with four chicks.
Joy Leach

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Bradup - an unusual late date was of a Lapwing chick with an adult. This was not a young bird but a small chick moving amongst the rush clumps.
Shaun Radcliffe

Large post-breeding Jackdaw roost (750 birds) near the Bronte Parsonage Museum between 8.30 and 9pm.
Howard Creber

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019

Two adult Stonechats with three juveniles and a young Redstart near the cabins were the pick of the birds.
Paul King

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Saturday 13 July 2019

Sconce Lane area - female Stonechat with 3 juvs, Whitethroat, juv Willow Warbler, 3 juv Reed Buntings, Kestrel plus 23 Mistle Thrush feeding on bilberries.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Apperley Bridge - on river, 29 Goosanders probably made up of two creche.
Damian Pearson

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Esholt -  on river in the morning, Little Egret.
Matthew Rawnsley

Monday, 8 July 2019

Monday 8 July 2019

River walk from Bingley to Saltaire - 3 Kingfishers seen along different stretches. One bird carrying a minnow & entering a bank nest site.
3 Grey Herons recorded with two birds in Myrtle Park, one an adult, the other a juvenile which was begging for food. This took the form of a continual cackling call along with raising of the crest.
Another Heron was seen to grab a bank vole plus some grasses in its beak before swallowing  the mammal & discarding the "salad".
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Sunday 7th July 2019

Shibden Head, Queensbury

First juvenile Redstart of the Autumn seen. Also 2 Whitethroat, juvenile Blackcap, GS Woodpecker, 4 Sand Martin overhead. Several Chiffchaff calling but strangely not a single Willow Warbler was heard.

Chris K

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat carrying food, juvenile Blackcap, Sedge & Reed (2) still singing, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw/Pennythorn/Sconce - 15 Meadow Pipit, some still feeding young, 4 Skylark, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (possibly 3), juv Redstart, juv Pied Wagtail- 22 species in total. 6 species of butterfly including a Ringlet pursued by a Hawker dragonfly.
Phil Matthews
Juvenile Redstart

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Saturday 6th July 2019

A post-breeding flock of 100+ Lapwings in fields inside the 'running track' and 10 Oystercatchers on the Golf Course.  Kestrels were hunting over the moorland slopes and a juvenile Wheatear was once more feeding on the 8th fairway.
Paul King

later at Pennythorn an adult Hobby, in level flight, flew towards Shipley Glen.  Around the cabins, a Whitethroat with a juvenile and a Redstart was in trees by the cabins.

Jeremy Taylor

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Another juvenile Wheatear on the Golf Course and a Whitethroat with a young bird.
Paul King
evening at Pennythorn
Oystercatcher,  numerous Reed Buntings, 2  Wheatear, Green Woodpecker,

Singing Greenfinch, Red Grouse, Curlew 
Steve Meredith

John O'Gaunt Reservoir - Juvenile Grey Heron with adult, Juv. Green Woodpecker
Long Liberty Farm - juv. Redstart plus 9 species of butterfly.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

A juvenile Wheatear on the 7th fairway, a Red Kite flying low and 12 Swifts feeding on the moorland slopes.
Paul King

Harris' Hawk once more seen in the area.
Howard Creber

Apperley Bridge
A survey of the area showed that there were five Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, four Common Whitethroat, three Song Thrushes, a Nuthatch, Reed Bunting and 25 Sand Martins. Also a good range of butterflies including Painted Lady and Red Admiral.
Damian Pearson

Phil Matthew's photographic tour of Wharfedale
Yeadon Tarn
Blackcap (male)                                           photo: Phil Matthews
Coot                                                photo: Phil Matthews
Cormorant                                    photo: Phil Matthews
Moorhen (juvenile)                                photo: Phil Matthews
Wren                                                                  photo: Phil Matthews
Knotford Nook, Otley
A Mandarin Duck (female) with a chick                      photo: Phil Matthews
Treecreeper                                               photo: Phil Matthews