Category: Dave McGrath Wildlife Safaris

A Week of Wonderful Wildlife While under Lockdown

The Safari like a lot of folk has been mostly confined to barracks this week.We have been able to get out on Patch 1 for a short walk with the dog every morning but so far haven’t taken the camera just the phone for any pics. We’ve seen a nice variety …

Waiting for the Wheatears

The Safari hopes everyone is well in these trying times. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the first of the spring arrivals walking the cliffs watching  every little flit most of which were Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails as usual. We’ve also kept an ey…

Vanity, Vertebrates and a Virus

The Safari has been quite busy with wildlife and other stuff since Christmas, mostly other stuff including another operation on my already butchered hand at the end of January which curtailed safariing for most of February but is now mostly fully recov…

Sunsets and a starling or two

The Safari has had a couple of visits to the North Pier Starling roost to see if there was any murmuraing happening.The first evening we were treated to a spectacular sunset and as the Starlings flew in we did our best to estimate the flock size and ke…

Twitching up north – Again!

The Safari was picked up by CR on dreary wet November morning last Tuesday and off we set north-bound on a twitch for a Yankee duck that had been resident on Pine Lake for a week or so. A convenient early port of call on the way to Leighton Moss. The d…

We’ve never put our coat on so fast

The Safari was in the middle of the washing-up this morning when the phone rang. We couldn’t answer it but a few minutes later listened to a voicemail from LGB telling us a Risso’s Dolphin was heading slowly north past him down at Starr Gate and could …

South then twice north and a cracker in between

The Safari spotted a very late Swallow hawking along the cliffs at Chat Alley the other day. We saw a small number during our safari to Spurn at the end of October but we don’t see many into November, our latest one ever was a day later than this one, …

An East coast safari

The Safari was joined by LCV at Base Camp because it’s that time of year when we make our annual pilgrimage to the far side of the country. We set off in the wee small hours with the intention of arriving at Spurn at first light and meeting up with the…

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Working backwards

The Safari once again has to apologise for not keeping you up to date with our goings-on of which there’s been plenty this last three weeks or so since we last out pen to keyboard.We’ll start with our most recent adventure, a run out an hour down the m…

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Back to local safaris

The Safari can’t believe what’s happening -two posts in almost as manny days…what’s going on???We had a quick afternoon out with CR, more of a dog walk really, without our camera up at Rossall. There’d been a couple of good pics of a returning Purple…