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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Friday, 30 August 2019

Friday 30th August 2019

A single Whinchat in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Thursday 29th August 2019

Two Whinchats feeding in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
14 Wheatears and two Whinchats
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Wednesday 28th August 2019

A Whinchat and an adult Stonechat with two juveniles in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Sconce/ Glovershaw area - all Chats seen - 3 Wheatear, pair of Stonechat & single Whinchat, 2 Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, & Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Three Whinchats and two Wheatear
Barden Scale
Cream-crowned Marsh Harrier
Brain Vickers

Monday, 26 August 2019

Monday 26th August 2019

Keighley Moor Reservoir
Over 200 House Martins feeding over the reservoir and three Wheatears on the moorland.
Ian Hargreaves

Denholme Clough
Tree Pipit 4, Sedge Warbler 1, Redstart, lots of Chiffchaffs in comparison to yesterday, few Willow Warblers, several Blackcap, few Swallows, GSWdpkr
M Doveston

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
A Wheatear and two Stonechats.
Howard Creber

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Three Whinchats and three Wheatears
Brian Vickers

Cold Edge 8am to 10am
Two Whinchats, four Stonechats, a Redstart, two Reed Buntings, a Yellow Wagtail and a Sand Martin.  Swallows were around in good numbers.
Howard Creber

Walsh Lane, Bingley
Little Owl                               photo: Phil Matthews
Bingley Bog North
Two visits: early morning and late afternoon.
Four Willow Warblers, two Blackcaps, a Meadow Pipit, Little Egret, three Spotted Flycatchers as well as a Bullfinch and a Kingfisher.
Spotted Flycatcher                  photo: Phil Matthews
Robin                                     photo: Phil Matthews       
Blackcap                                           photo: Phil Matthews

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Sunday 25th August 2019

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Eight Wheatears and four Whinchats.
Brian Vickers

Surprise View, Otley Chevin
Three Redstart, two Spotted Flycatcher and a Garden Warbler
Jeremy Taylor

Denholme Clough 0730-1030am
Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Redstart,
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Green Wdpkr, GSWdpkr,
Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff,
Blackcap, Swallows, Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven
M Doveston, H Creber, M Pearson

Two Whinchats
Jon Middleton

Swifts are still passing through Wharfedale. There were reports of singles in Ben Rhydding and Otley and two over Menston.
Theo Kuechel, Mark Gurney, Andrew Kelly

Oxenhope Watchpoint
Latest news from the migration watchpoint
David Barker and Howard Creber

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Saturday 24th August 2019

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Four Whinchats, four Wheatears and a Whitethroat.
Brian Vickers

An Osprey was seen firstly at Otley Wetland and then later (5.20pm) flying east down river.
Jon Middleton & Theo Kuechel

Pennythorn, Baildon
A single Wheatear on the 7th fairway at 7.30am
Paul King

Scargill Reservoir
Two Whinchats and two Stonechats in the area.
P. Singleton

Denso Marston Reserve
A Garden Warbler
Steve Warrilow

Friday, 23 August 2019

Friday 23rd August 2019

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Five Wheatears, Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

Nab Water Lane
Adult Whinchat and juvenile and two Wheatears.
Brian Vickers

Pennythorn, Baildon
Wheatear on the 7th fairway. Also post-breeding flocks of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings.

Shipley Glen
A family party of three Common Buzzards spent time circling the Glen.
Paul King

Hazlewood Moor
Wheatear, two Stonechat families (one pair with two young and another pair with four young).  A juvenile Whinchat, two Ravens, three red Kites, a Common Buzzard and a Kestrel.
Report and photos by Roger Nelson
Red Grouse


Thursday, 22 August 2019

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Great White Egret
The bird, which has been in the area for almost a month, is still giving excellent views along the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Shipley. 
Today, it was reported near the viaduct at Dowley Gap
photo by Zaq Williams
Here are some other recent images:

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Otley Wetland (permit required)
Two Little Egrets and four Reed Warblers ringed.
Jon Middleton

Keighley Moor
Five Wheatears, four Whinchats.
Josh Selfe and Ian Hargreaves

Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts)
Eight Wheatears,
Nab Water Lane
Whinchat, juvenile Stonechat and Willow Warbler
Brian Vickers

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Storiths Road, Barden.
Eight Spotted Flycatchers and seven Common Redstarts in a concentrated area along the Storiths Road.  Also a Hobby flew by.
Howard Creber

Tong Park, Baildon
A Tree Pipit, a Spotted Flycatcher (behind the cricket pavilion) and at least two juvenile Kingfishers were present.  These were in addition to a female Sparrowhawk with a juvenile.
Jeremy Taylor

Swifts are still passing through the area, with 49 seen flying west over Silsden during a 90 minute watch. A Whimbrel was also picked up going west.
Jon Middleton

A Hobby flew towards the Chevin and a Swift was also seen
Theo Kuechel

Monday, 19 August 2019

Monday 19 August 2019

Great White Egret on the canal at Dockfield Road      photo: Mike Bloomfield
Dockfield Road, Shipley - on the canal, Great White Egret.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Sunday 18th August 2019

Denholme Clough / Doe Park Res
3 Raven, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
numerous Blackcap, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Swallows
Kestrel, Grey Partridge, GSWdpkr
(Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Painted Lady)
M Doveston

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Thursday 15th August 2019

Pennythorn & Sconce
In sunshine and high winds, the following were seen by Phil Matthews:
Ten Curlews (including a family of six), three Kestrels, over 30 Swallows, eight Goldfinch, two Meadow Pipits, two Pied Wagtails, two House Martins, two Mistle Thrush and single Skylark, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat.  There was also a mixed flock of 42 Black-headed and Common Gulls.
Curlews                                                     photo: Phil Matthews
Goldfinch (juvenile)                                             photo: Phil Matthews
Meadow Pipit                                                   photo: Phil Matthews         
Mistle Thrush                                   photo: Phil Matthews
At Faweather Grange, the staff allowed Phil into the barn where breeding Swallows were feeding.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Whetstone Gate - pair of Stonechat plus 2 juvs, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 12 August 2019

Monday 12 August 2019

Sconce Lane area - juvenile Little Owl perched on roof of scout hut, 17 Pied Wagtail at Faweather Farm plus juv Whitethroat & Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

After a weekend of heavy rain the adult Whinchat and a juvenile and two Whitethroats were still present in an area between the 8th and 9th fairways.
Paul King

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Thursday 8th August 2019

Pennythorn, Baildon
A good morning produced lots of interest. Two juvenile Little Owls and a male Redstart near the cabins and families of Whitethroats and Reed Buntings in an area between the fairways.   On the wall adjacent to the 11th fairway, three Wheatears and a female Whinchat with two juveniles in tow.
Paul King

Tuesday 6th August 2019

Bradup and Upwood, Riddlesden
The following were seen in the area:  Three Red Kites and two Spotted Flycatchers.  Also Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler and Red Grouse.
Phil Matthews
Spotted Flycatcher at Upwood, Riddlesden                            photo: Phil Matthews

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Monday 5th August 2019

Barden Moor
Two Marsh Harriers, a Hobby and Red Kites.
Brian Vickers

Great White Egret
Whilst the Great White Egret, first seen on the 20th July on the river at Myrtle Park, Bingley, continues to be seen in the area, the Guardian newspaper has featured an article about the bird.
Richard Smyth, wrote a Country Diary piece today.  Here's the link.


Sunday, 4 August 2019

Sunday 4 August 2019

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, adult with juvenile, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch
Shaun Radcliffe

Pennythorn, Baildon
A post-breeding flock of about 15 Swallows were feeding over the fairways and over 35 Goldfinch had settled on a patch of thistles.  An adult Stonechat was feeding juveniles and two families of Willow Warblers were seen, with some of the males still uttering a few bars of their song.
Paul King
A young Redstart at Pennythorn                                      photo: Keith Allen
Low Utley
A Little Owl
Josh Selfe

Friday, 2 August 2019

Friday 2nd August 2019

Pennythorn, Baildon
Two juvenile Little Owls, two juvenile Redstarts (male & female) and a female Bullfinch were in the trees by the cabins at 8am.
Paul King

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Thursday 1st August 2019

Great White Egret
Great White Egret fishing on the canal at Saltaire as seen by Paul Marfell 
The Great White Egret, first reported on the 20th July on the river in Myrtle Park, was only the fourth sighting of this attractive species in our Group area.  The first ever visitor was at Otley Wetland Nature Reserve on 17th April 2008.  A bird seen at Warley Moor Reservoir on 18th October 2017, was the second record and this was followed by a remarkable group of four which passed Oxenhope Watchpoint (only two miles away) on 1st November 2017.

More photos of the Great White Egret can be seen on Paul Marfell's daily blog      http://www.marfell.me.uk/wordpress/great-white-egret/  

Two other recent additions regarding other photo blogs are here: