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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
NEST DESTROYED ON DENTON MOOR - click on image

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Saturday 22 October 2017

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - Redwing moving in S/SW direction, 8502 number recorded. The previous day 5519 birds.
Martyn Priestley

Friday, 20 October 2017

Friday 20 October 2017

Cononley Ings - Great White Egret at 13.25
Howard Creber

Hazlewood - Blackcap in garden feeding on elderberries & fly catching.
Roger Nelson

Fewston Reservoir - 8 Wigeon, 5 Tufted, 12 Teal, 60 Mallard, 6 Cormorant.
Swinsty Reservoir -  12 Wigeon, G C G, 50 Mallard, 2 Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Caldene |Fields, South Bradford - 5 Barnacle geese flew from the east following a skein of 60 Pinkfoot. The Barnacles a first for this site.
Martyn Priestley

Barden Bridge to Hazlewood - 31 species including a flock of 22 Fieldfare & a separate flock of 45 Redwing. Also Dipper, Mandarin, Goosander, Red Kite, Raven Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Nuthatch GSW.
Roger Nelson

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday 15 October 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - At 10.50 a flock of 70 Pinkfoot flew high going west.
On the reserve, 24 species recorded including 2 Cormorant on the water, Reed Bunting, Jay, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, Greenfinch & Goldfinch. Still a few Red Admirals & White Butterflies about. No sign of Water Rail.
Shaun Radcliffe

On Saturday 14th - Apperley Bridge - Esholt - 2 Goosander, 32 Canada Geese on canal, 2 Teal, 2 Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, Nuthatch, Kestrel
Danial Pearson

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday 8 October 2017

Park Dam - Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Greylag.
Jamie Brass

Friday 6 October 2017

Park Dam - 10 LTT, Kestrel, single Pinkfoot, Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 2 G C G
Jamie Brass

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Thursday 5 October 2017

Fly Flatts - 2 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk
Nab Water Lane - 9 Stonechat
Leeshaw Reservoir - 4 Cormorant, 2 Goosander, Sparrowhawk
Brian Vickers 

Whetstone Gate area - Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 4 Swallow, over 100 Woodpigeon feeding up,
3 Reed Bunting plus a few Meadow Pipits.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - Grey Plover calling as it flew through at 09.12.
Martyn Priestley

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Barden Scale - 500 Pinkfoot moving west.
Nab Water Lane - 4 Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Friday 29 September 2017

Fly Flatts - 4 juvenile Stonechat
Nab Water Lane - 6 Stonechat ( 2 adult, 4 juvs)
Leeshaw Reservoir area - single Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Thursday 28 September 2017

Apperley Bridge to Esholt area - 12 LTT, 3 calling Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiff-Chaff (one singing), Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 5 Jay, Cormorant, Grey Heron, female Goosander, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Pied Wagtail.
Damian Pearson

Stockbridge Reserve - as I arrived at 09.20, 130 Pinkfooted Geese flew over flying east.
On the Reserve, Water Rail has arrived, there were 3 Chiff-Chaffs (one singing), Jay plus 2 Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday 24 September 2017

Kex Gill - 120 Goldfinch, movement of Swallows & Meadow Pipits, Buzzard, Kestrel, Red Kite.
Theo Kuechel

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Little Egret stayed for just 5 minutes, Sparrowhawk, singing Chiff-Chaff, Jays.
John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday 22 September 2017

Bingley to Marley Farm along the river - Kingfisher, 5 Nuthatch, GSW, Sparrowhawk, 13 House Martin, singing Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Monday 18 September 2017

Sandwith Moor - 440 Golden Plover
Norwood - 7 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite in newly cut hayfield.
Theo Kuechel

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday 17 September 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiff-Chaff, Swallows
Keith Allan, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 15 September 2017

Barden Scale - Merlin, 45 Siskin, 40 Pinkfoot.
Brian Vickers

Saturday 16th September 2017

Lindley Wood to Folly Hall Wood - 35 species recorded including 12 Chiff-Chaff, a Willow Warbler, hundreds of House Martin & less numbers of Swallows, Buzzard, Red Kites, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, GSW, Nuthatch, Kingfisher (heard) plus 9 Mandarin Duck on reservoir.
BOG walk.

Glovershaw
Three Wheatears on the Golf Course, two Whinchats and two Stonechats in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir - Juv Peregrine, 5 Cormorant, Kestrel, G B B
160 Swallow fast through to the south, 6 House Martin, 15 Meadow Pipit, 24 Linnet, 34 Goldfinch,
single Wheatear, 6 Snipe, GSW
Also 6 Red Admiral Butterflies flying high to the east.
Brian Vickers, Howard Creber

Whetstone - 2 Raven, 3 Stonechat, single Skylark, 12 Goldfinch feeding on thistle head plus many Meadow Pipits feeding up.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday 10 September 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff 2 (one calling), Swallows & House Martins moving through in small numbers west all morning. Cormorant, Bullfinch Jay, GSW recorded but no Reed Bunting.
Susan & Thomas Simcock, Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 9 September 2017

Sandy Lane, Bradford - Raven seen at 10.00 morning.
Matthew Rawnsley

Barden Scale - Buzzards, Red Kites, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrels, Spotted Fly, Redstart, Raven
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Thursday 7 September 2017

Nab Water Lane - 1 Wheatear, pair of Stonechats.
Paul Clough - Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Fly Flatts - 3 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 1 Wheatear, male Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Monday, 4 September 2017

Monday 4th September 2017

East Otley - 105 Swallows, 300 House Martin & a Swift, all flying high to the west.
Theo Kuechel

Leeshaw - 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, single flock of 65 Linnet, 85 Meadow Pipit, 4 Red Grouse, Little Owl
Howard Creber

Glovershaw
Two Whinchats feeding from bracken alongside the 8th fairway.  Yesterday a single Whinchat was seen on bracken along the 12th fairway.
Paul King

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Saturday 2 September 2017

Baildon Moor fringes - 6 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Stonechat,
Tree Sparrow, Buzzard, 3 Little Owl, Grey Wagtail, 100 plus Linnet (near Faweather Grange),
plus 3 Hares, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood Butterflies.
BOG Walk

Friday, 1 September 2017

Friday 1st September 2017

Fly Flatts - Whinchat, 3 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 4 Whinchat, Wheatear, 2 Raven, 3 Buzzard, Merlin
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
At 8am, two Whinchats and a Stonechat in the Birch Close Lane area.  At Golcar Farm - two Redstarts (male and female), 12+ Swallows and 30+ Goldfinch.
Paul King

Whetstone - 4 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 1 Redstart plus a singing Willow Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Thursday 31 August 2017

Fly Flatts - 8 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear, Raven, SEO
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a nice selection of migrants seen in the willows this morning - Reed Warbler,Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap and at least 3 clean Willow Warblers. Also recorded - Cormorant, Sparrowhawk with juveniles such as Greenfinch, Reed Bunting & Bullfinch. Large Toad on footpath.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Oxenhope Watchpoint - 1 Whinchat, 1 Swift, 3 Snipe flying east.
Howard Creber

Barden Scale - cream crown Marsh Harrier
Fly Flatts - 1 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Sconce Lane area - 3 Whitethroat, 9 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiff-Chff, 3 Little Owl,
2 Buzzard, Goldcrest.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Apperley Bridge - single Swift flying high heading west. Also Wren, Dunnock, 7 LTT & 9 House Martin.
Damian Pearson

Fly Flatts - 2 Wheatear,
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, male Merlin, SEO
Leeshaw Reservoir - Yellow-legged Gull
Brian Vickers

Monday, 28 August 2017

Monday 28th August 2017

Stainburn Forest, Norwood - 3 Spotted Fly, Coal Tits & Goldcrests
Theo Kuechel

Leeshaw Reservoir - 1 Wheatear, Little Owl, 6 Cormorants
Fly Flatts - 6 Wheatear, 2 Raven
Nab Water Lane - 1 Wheatear, Buzzard.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday 27th August 2017

Glovershaw
Seven Wheatears in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Fly Flatts - 3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat,
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wren
Barden Scale - pair of Redstart, Merlin
Addingham - Red Kite
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Saturday 26 August 2017

Sconce Lane area - male Stonechat, 3 Little Owl, 2 Stock Dove.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday 25 August 2017

Nab Water Lane - female Merlin, Kestrel, 2 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Thursday 24 August 2017

Nab Water Lane - 5 Stonechat, Wheatear, Cuckoo, 2 Raven.
Howard Creber & Brian Vickers 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir - 14 Teal, 5 Curlew, Cormorant
Nab Water Lane - 2 Raven, 3 Stonechat, Wheatear.
Brian Vickers

Whetstone Gate - this evening, 2 Wheatear, Curlew
Shaun Radcliffe 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Fly Flatts & Nab Water Lane - 12 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 2 SEO, 3 Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel plus flock of 11 Grey Partridge.
Howard Creber

Sconce Lane area - 5 Spotted Fly, 2 Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, 2 Willow Warbler (one singing), Kestrel, Buzzard, 4 Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 21 August 2017

Nab  Water Lane - Peregrine, Whinchat 2, Stonechat 5, Kestrel 2
Brian Vickers & Howard Creber

Harden Moor - 6 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Whitethroat. Plenty of Red Admirals on heather.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday 20 August 2017

Otley - 3 Swifts west
Theo Kuechel

Barden Moor - Short-eared Owl
Nab Water Lane - 10 Stonechats (adults & juvs), 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, a Spotted Flycatcher (unusual for this site), Wren.
Brian Vickers 

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - adult Whitethroat plus a juvenile, Reed Bunting, juvenile Bullfinch, Cormorant on lake.
Shaun Radcliffe, John Ogden

Glovershaw
At 7am, a male Merlin flew very low over the Golf Course and headed towards the Glen Road.  A Sparrowhawk jousted with a Raven, and a male Kestrel and a Common Buzzard were both over the Pennithorn side of the moor.  Three Wheatears fed from the walls by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

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

Glovershaw
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

Glovershaw
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

Lapwing



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.
https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/video-of-marsh-harrier-persecution-on-north-yorkshire-grouse-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

Glovershaw
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

Glovershaw
A juvenile Wheatear was feeding on the 14th fairway.
Paul King

Gilstead
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

Glovershaw
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

Wednesday 20 July 2017

Baildon Bank - hundreds of Swifts seen passing through.
Peter & Margaret Riley

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - early movement noted with a juvenile female  Common Redstart recorded, does not breed locally.
Martyn Priestley

Monday, 17 July 2017

Monday 17th July 2017

Nab Wood, Shipley - flock of 15 R N Parakeets in my garden.
Mark Scrimshaw

Glovershaw
Two juvenile Wheatears on the Golf Course (7th fairway) at 8:30pm.
Paul King

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sunday 16 July 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - certainly a quiet morning. Brief song from a Blackcap, a single Whitethroat amongst the meadow sweet, Swifts, Reed Bunting but no sign of Sedge or Reed about. Comma butterfly seen. Plenty of balsam pulled.
Martin Stone, John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Wednesday 12th July 2017

Upper Wharfedale
Recent images from Roger Nelson which include Goldfinch, Siskin, Meadow Pipit, Collared Dove and an albino Pheasant seen at Hazlewood.





Heights Lane, Bingley
A Coal Tit and a Lapwing Chick seen by Phil Matthews.





Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday 9th July 2017

East Busk Lane, Otley - Redstart family (at least 3 young), Mistle Thrush flock of 11 birds.
Theo Kuechel

Hazlewood - albino cock Pheasant, adult male Stonechat, pair of Greenfinch, pair of Siskin, Spotted Flycatcher in garden.
Roger Nelson

Apperley Bridge - along canal, 4 Common Terns
Damian Pearson

Heights Lane, Eldwick - just some of the birds recorded, Red Kite, Willow Warbler, Lapwing with 2 chicks, Kestrel, Little Owl. Comma & White-Letter Hairstreak seen along with more common butterflies.
Phil Matthews

Glovershaw
A Grasshopper Warbler was calling from the western end of the paddock on Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 36 species recorded including Sedge & Garden Warbler, Kingfisher, Blackcap, Cormorant, Whitethroat, Bullfinch & Reed Bunting.
Also Comma, Speckled Wood Butterflies & Banded Demoiselle Damselfly.
Shaun Radcliffe

On the 8th July - Little Egret at Leeshaw Reservoir. Also Little Owl, Lapwings, Oystercatchers, Cormorant & Grey Heron.
Nigel Priestley
Also on the 8th - at Kex Gill Quarry - Oystercatcher with 2 young, Stonechats feeding 4 young plus Common Sandpiper.
Theo Kuechel

River Wharfe at Knotford Nook
A Male Yellow Wagtail photographed last Thursday by Keith Allen

Friday, 7 July 2017

Friday 7 July 2017

Myrtle Park, Bingley - 2 Oystercatchers, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, group of 12 Goosander
Phil Matthews

Sconce Lane area - Little Owl with juvenile, 6 singing Reed Buntings amongst the bracken, singing Whitethroat near the scout camp.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Thursday 6 July 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - plenty of young birds around the feeders, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Robin plus young Chiff-Chaff in willows. Singing birds - Whitethroat, Blackcap & Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday 2nd July

Knotford Nook.

Adult and Juvenile Oystercatcher .



Timble Village.

Tree Sparrow on village hall
Stephen  Lilley

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Bradup
Lesser Redpoll                                               photo: Stephen Lilley

Monday 26th June 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir
A Yellow-legged Gull and a Little Owl
Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts)
Two Barnacle Geese, four Redshank and three Common Sandpiper
Brian Vickers

Keighley
Peregrine                            photo: Stephen Lilley

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sunday 25th June 2017

Bradup
Stonechat a male and two juveniles, a Red Grouse, Curlew, Lapwing with chicks, two Oystercatchers, and others included Swifts, Linnets, Swallows Stock Dove and a Little Owl.
Male Stonechat
Curlew

Lapwing

Lapwing chick
All photos and records by Phil Matthews

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday 22nd June 2017

River Wharfe between Gallows Hill and Knotford Nook
A male Yellow Wagtail was watched bathing in a stony mid-stream section of the river.
Paul King

Heights Lane, Bingley
Seen in the area: Nuthatch, Red Kite, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Owl, Grey Partridge, Swallow, House Martin, Curlew, Lapwing, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Oystercatcher, Jay and female Mallard with new brood.
This bald crowned Blue Tit is a regular on the feeders, either heavy post-breeding wear or or a feather problem.        
Grey Partridge, part of a pair showing well on Walsh Lane.                              
Curlew in amongst newly cut silage on Walsh Lane                       


A male Siskin, one of a pair which make daily visitors to Bingley feeders.
Photos and sightings by Phil Matthews



Wednesday 21st June 2017

Birkenshaw
A Red Kite drifted south over Cross Lane, Birkenshaw at 12:15pm.
Simon Thompson

Beamsley to Hazlewood
Lesser Black-backed gull with trout which was probably carrion, though I have often seen them dive into shallow water to catch large single crayfish.  About a month ago I saw one attack a family of mandarins and fly off with a duckling.  Also seen were Tawny Owl, Tree Pipit, Stock Dove (pair), up to seven Red Kites circling over newly cut meadow. A Raven was seen briefly and four Snipe.
Roger Nelson
Lesser Black-backed Gull with carrion (a trout).  photo: Roger Nelson
Tawny Owl                        photo: Roger Nelson
Stock Dove (pair)                       photo: Roger Nelson



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Knotford Nook, Otley
Stephen Lilley tracked down a couple of Yellow Wagtails on the Wharfe at Knotford Nook.


Glovershaw
A pair of Grey Partridge in the 'horse field' along the Glen Road and a Whitethroat on the lane towards Crook Farm.
Paul King

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Saturday 17th June 2017

Baildon Moor
A walk around the northern slopes of the moor: four pairs of Linnets, eight male Reed Buntings and a male Bullfinch.  A male Stonechat was seen by the quarry and a juvenile female was near the cabins at Pennithorn.  Adult Oystercatchers and their brood were once more at the "reservoirs" and a Cuckoo was heard from Faweather Grange area.
Paul King

Tong Park, Baildon
Grasshopper Warbler heard.
Roger Wilkinson


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Barden Scale - 7 species of raptors, 3 Cuckoo, Red-legged Partridge plus 14 young
Barden Moor - 4 Wheatear (adult with 3 fledged young), Green Woodpecker, Redstart
Strid Woods - Blackcap, 2 Wood Warbler
Brian Vickers

Rombalds Moor - pair of Redshank with 3 young at Thimble Stones. Two pairs of Golden Plover near the Twelve Apostles & two families of Red Grouse with 3 & 5 chicks respectively. Plenty of Curlew calling.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Monday 12 June 2017

Dowley Gap - singing Whitethroat
Saltaire - R N Parakeet
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sunday 11 June 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat. Other birds - Reed Bunting & Kingfisher.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Ogden

Heights Lane, Bingley

Recent images by Phil Matthews taken in the Heights Lane area of Bingley at the beginning of June.
Willow Warbler
Juvenile Robin
Little Owl

Swallow

Wood Mouse
Roe Deer



Saturday, 10 June 2017

Saturday 10 June 2017

Stainburn to Swinsty walk - wet conditions made bird watching difficult. Waders seen were Oystercatcher, Lapwing & 2 Redshank. Both Red Kite & Buzzard recorded. Redstart & Whitethroat heard just below Scargill Reservoir along with Bullfinch & Grey Wagtail.
Peter, Derek & Shaun

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Thursday 8th June 2017

Upper Wharfedale
Roger Nelson sent these images of birding activity in Upper Wharfedale.
Adult female Great Spotted Woodpecker with a juvenile male.

A juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker

A couple of Stock Doves

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Monday 5 June 2017

Silsden town centre - just below the weir on the beck, Dipper.
Tom Hubball

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sunday 4 June 2017

Hazlewood - in garden, female GSW plus 2 juvs, pair of Redpoll, Spotted Fly, Jay, pair of Stock Dove. On the moor - pair of Stonechat with 7 eggs.
Roger Nelson

Heights Lane, Bingley - breeding Gt & Blue Tits, Swallow, Song Thrush (4), Goldfinch, Herring Gull, Mistle Thrush (bred), Blackbird (bred), Pheasant pair with juvs, Lapwing, Curlew, Pied Wagtail, Snipe, Oystercatcher (may have bred), House Martin, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Little Owl, Jay plus Roe Deer & Wood Mouse?
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing birds were Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting & Sedge Warbler. Recently fledged young seen - Great Tit, Collared Dove & Reed Bunting. Up to 3 Bullfinch came to the feeders. Seven L B B were joined by a Herring Gull on the fast diminishing lake. There is a definite drop in Swift in this area. The birds usually breed in the nearby houses but hardly one to be seen.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Thursday 1 June 2017

Sconce & Pennythorn Hill - Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit & Willow Warbler all feeding young.
Little Owl seen at three regular sites. Cuckoo also recorded.
Jeremy Taylor

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 singing Whitethroat, one appears now to have a mate. Pair of Bullfinch at the feeders & several Reed Buntings active in the reed bed.
The recent heavy downpours appear to have seen off both the Reed Warbler and the two Sedge Warblers. Both Blackcaps & Chiff-Chaffs were singing this morning.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Heather Park, St Ives - second visit re BTO Woodcock Monitoring Survey produced 22 sightings in the 75 minutes. On three occasions there were two birds roding together & once three birds were up. How many birds were involved in anybody's guess!
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Strid Wood
A Wood Warbler was singing in the beech wood below the Strid. Other species included three Common Sandpipers, Oystercatcher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Redstart, two Garden Warblers, at least four Spotted Flycatchers and numerous Pied Flycatchers.  Heard, but seen were Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Siskin and Redpoll.
John Armstrong.

Baildon Moor (Reservoirs)
A pair of Oystercatchers with three chicks. Also a pair of Tufted Duck in the evening.
Paul King

Glovershaw - pair of Redshank, Whitethroat near Dobrudden Farm, Linnet & Cuckoo calling, plenty of singing Willow Warblers.

Graincliffe Reservoir area - Cuckoo, pair of Woodcock roding.
Shaun Radcliffe


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Saturday 27 May 2017

BOG walk - Beecroft Plantation & Timble - 48 Species recorded including a family of 4 Common Sandpiper on Fewston Reservoir, pair of Spotted Flycatcher in Beecroft along with two Garden Warbler, Blackcaps & Redstart plus GSW carrying food.  Timble area produced good views of Tree Pipit, Siskin, distant sightings of Buzzard & Red Kite, Grey Wagtail, Linnet & pair of Lesser Redpoll & a Whitethroat.
Many birds were singing throughout the walk such as Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Redstart, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Siskin, Skylark, Goldfinch.  Lapwing with two chicks seen in fields towards Timble village.
Shaun Radcliffe
Tree Pipits at Timble.                                                       photos: Keith Allen

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Friday 26th May 2017

Strid Wood
Images from Strid Wood, taken by Phil Matthews.

Common Sandpiper                                   photo: Phil Matthews
Pied Flycatcher                                               photo: Phil Matthews

Pied Flycatcher (female)                                     photo: Phil Matthews
Glovershaw
At least three pairs of Common Whitethroat have been identified on Baildon Moor.
Common Whitethroat                                                photo: Phil Matthews




Thursday 25 May 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff- Chaff family, at least 2 Sedge Warblers singing, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, GSW, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat singing.
John Preshaw, Howard Creber, Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
A Red Kite was seen with prey, a pair of Stonechat were near the quarry and a pair of Linnet were feeding on the Golf Course.  A Tree Sparrow flew towards the reservoir.
Paul King


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Glovershaw
Curlew, Skylark, Meadow Pipit (2 carrying food), Lapwing, Red Kite, Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Whitethroat, Snipe, Willow Warbler, Cuckoo, Swallow, Oystercatcher, Red Grouse and Grey Heron

Strid Woods
Swallow, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Cuckoo, Pied Flycatcher (4 pairs observed at nest box), Song Thrush, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Redstart, Willow Warbler, Oystercatcher, House Martin, Sand Martin, Curlew, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Mandarin Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Goosander
Phil Matthews

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday 21 May 2017

Goit Stock, Harden - Cuckoo heard
Matthew Rawnsley

Bradup - Skylark, Lapwing (3 chicks seen), Red Grouse, Curlew, House Martin, Kestrel, Snipe, Greylags, Swift, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Red Kite.
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler still singing from main reed bed but now a Sedge Warbler is in the thin line of reeds next to the ditch. There are two singing Whitethroat on the reserve. Other birds - Blackcap, Bullfinch, Garden Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, Sand Martins, Swifts & Swallows.
John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
The Sedge Warbler, seen yesterday, is still singing and displaying from an area of brambles on the right of the Glen Road (when travelling up the road).
Paul King

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday 20th May 2017

Shipley Glen
A Sedge Warbler was calling and displaying from a bramble patch on the Glen Road.  A Garden Warbler was singing from the Glen and the Tawny Owl nest now includes juveniles.
Paul King

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday 18th May 2017

Glovershaw
There was a pair of Stonechats near the quarry (2nd tee), where pairs have traditionally nested.  In the area,  around the northern area of Baildon Moor, breeding pairs included Linnets, Dunnocks, Reed Buntings and Red Grouse.  15 singing Willow Warblers were counted on the walk.  A pair of Red Kites flew over Pennithorn and a pair of Whitethroats had established themselves where the Grasshopper Warblers bred successfully last year.  A few Swifts went by, Meadow Pipits were carrying food and a small flock of Starlings with juveniles was seen near the plantation.
Paul King

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Glovershaw
Pairs of Whitethroat, Reed Bunting and Stock Dove were amongst the breeding birds. Snipe were 'drumming' and a single was seen sitting on a fence post.
Paul King

Hazlewood
Spotted Flycatcher in the village.
Roger Nelson.


Tuesday 16th May 2017

Hazlewood
A handsome Jay visited a Hazlewood garden.  photo: Roger Nelson
Shipley Glen
A Cuckoo was heard and breeding birds include Tawny Owl.
Paul King.