Category: Dave McGrath Wildlife Safaris

Lockdown week 4 brings a bad dip

The Safari has been enjoying the sunshine but not the strong, cold wind but at least it’s an easterly which means the sea is mostly calm and there’s a good chance for finding a decent migrant bird or two, either on one of our exercise/dog walk patches …

The third week of lockdown local wildlife safaris

The Safari has had a rather productive week despite being on Lockdown. Last week ended on a high too with our first ever spring record of a Rook flying over Base Camp, they are very infrequent in the autumn, usually tagging along with flocks of Jackdaw…

The second week of safaris under Lockdown

The Safari like everyone else has been stuck at home. We have been able to walk the mutt around the local fields early morning but haven’t taken the camera as yet. The days have been cold and windy but there has been some sunshine and in those sun…

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, …