Category: Dave McGrath Wildlife Safaris

Lockdown week 6 brings a little belter to the garden

The Safari was struggling with the poor weather early in the week especially in the garden. On Monday only a Buzzard low over the chimney pots made it into the garden notebook and Tuesday’s only entry was of a Blue Tit collecting dog hair for its nest …

A Slight Change of Scenery for Lockdown Week 5

The Safari was still enjoying a morning constitutional along the prom in the first half of the week. Warm sunshine and calm seas made for a very pleasant experience, made even better as everyone was being very sensible and keeping way more than the rec…

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…