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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Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

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!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Monday 31 July 2017

Keighley Golf course - Juvenile Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper & Grey Wagtail (last species also seen in his Gilstead garden recently).
Steve Meredith

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sunday 30 July 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - juvenile Sedge Warbler, Kingfisher, Blackcap, Stock Dove
Martin Stone, John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday 28 July 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Blackcap in the rasps, Swift, Kingfisher plus a Brimstone Butterfly.
John Preshaw, Hollybush Centre visitors, Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 27 July 2017

West Lane Haworth area - some of the birds recorded, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Lesser Redpoll, Blackcap, GSW, Willow Warbler.
Nigel Ward

Edge of Rombalds Moor - Short Eared Owl seen at 09.45.
Steve Meredith

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Bradup - Little Owl
Whetstone area - 2 pair of Stonechat, one pair had 3 young. Kestrel plus Red Grouse with 4 chicks.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Lower Laithe Reservoir - Yellow-legged Gull
Nab Water Lane - Wheatear
Brian Vickers 

River Aire walk from Bingley to Hirst Wood - Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, GSW plus Oystercatchers at Dowley Gap S W
Shaun Radcliffe

A male Stonechat with two juveniles by the quarry. A family party of adult and juvenile Reed Buntings.  About 40 Swifts feeding over Weecher and a Raven chasing a Kestrel.
Paul King
Juvenile Jay in Riddlesden garden.  photo: Stephen Lilley

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday 21 July 2017

Sconce Lane area - 7 Stock Dove, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiff-Chaff, Raven, Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite, Little Owl, Linnets.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thursday 20 July 2017

Silsden Beck - Dipper seen over the last two days.
Tom Hubball