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The Dee Estuary, on the North Wales / North-West England border, is one of the United Kingdom's premier birding locations for wetland and shorebirds. This Website describes the best Dee Estuary birdwatching areas with detailed maps and latest bird news for dedicated twitchers and casual birdwatchers alike.

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May Newsletter now published on this website featuring Species Spotlight - Little Gull, Colour Ring Report and April Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

May 19
2 Puffin, 1 Guillemot. 3 Little Tern, 15 Common Tern, 20 Sandwich Tern, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Eider and 1 Common Whitethroat - Hilbre.
1 Short-eared Owl hunting inland of coastal paddocks this evening, also report of 1 Hooded Crow earlier - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 17
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Cuckoo calling, 1 Garganey drake and 38 Bar-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
200 Knot and 3,000 Oystercatcher after high tide off Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Spotted Flycatcher, also 250 Sandwoch Tern on sandbank far side of channel from Leasowe Castle - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cuckoo calling just inland of Heswall Shore.

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Short-eared Owl inland of coastal paddocks, Leasowe Lighthouse. May 19th Sean O'Hara

Swallow on Hilbre, May 19th Alan Hitchmough

Spotted Flycatcher, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 15th Eddie Williams

Whinchat along Park Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 12th Anthony Ramsden

Avocet mobbing an Osprey, Burton Mere Wetlands, May 9th Steve Round

Spotted Flycatcher at Hilbre, May 8th Alan Hitchmough

Short-eared Owl at Hilbre, May 8th Alan Hitchmough

Black Guillemot at Hilbre, May 6th Steve Williams

Blue-headed Wagtail at Leasowe Lighthouse, May 6th Sean O'Hara

Garden Warbler at Leasowe Lighthouse, May 5th Jeremy Bradshaw

Whimbrels at Hilbre, May 4th Alan Hitchmough

Short-eared Owl in hedge on edge of marsh, Heswall, May 4th Steve Hinde

Another Iberian Chiffchaff, by Park Lane at Leasowe Lighthouse, May 3rd Sean O'Hara

Iberian Chiffchaff near Kerr's Field, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 1st Sean O'Hara

Oystercatcher and Red Knots off Leasowe Lighthouse, May 1st Richard Smith

Whinchat on the tidewrack at Burton Marsh, April 29th Andrew Ingham

'Channel' Yellow Wagtail at Kerr's Field, Leasowe, April 28th Colin Schofield

Cuckoo at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 27th Sean O'Hara

Ring Ouzel near Lingham Lane, Moreton, April 26th Sean O'Hara

Yellow Wagtail in the horse paddocks, Leasowe Lighthouse, April 25th Jeremy Bradshaw

Whimbrels at Thurstaston, April 24th Richard Smith

Grasshopper Warbler, Burton Marsh, April 23rd Frank Burns

Green Sandpiper in horse paddock, Leasowe Lighthouse, April 21st Sean O'Hara

Pink-footed Geese leaving the estuary past Hilbre, April 20th Alan Hitchmough

Cuckoos in Hoylake Langfields, April 20th Richard Whitby

Grasshopper Warbler at Meols, April 20th David Bradshaw

Sandwich Tern, Hilbre, April 20th Alan Hitchmough

Dunlins, many in breeding plumage, at West Kirby, April 20th Richard Smith

Common Cranes over Moreton, April 19th Graham Connolly

Grasshopper Warbler at Burton Point. April 18th Mark Woodhead

Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy Wildfowl Collection, April 18th Richard Smith

Male and female Redstarts at the back of the beach at Heswall, April 17th Steve Hinde

Whimbrel at Heswall, April 16th Steve Hinde

Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 14th Tony Ramsden

Spotted Redshanks with Redshanks and Black-tailed Godwits, Burton Mere Wetlands, April 14th
Mark Woodhead

Whinchat on Hoylake Langfields, April 13th Richard Whitby

Common Redstart at Leasowe, April 11th Ian McKenna

Cattle Egrets on Burton Marsh, April 11th Mark Woodhead

Water Rail at Parkgate, April 9th John Crook

Ring Ouzel at Riverbank Road, Heswall, April 7th Steve Hinde

Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 7th Richard Whitby
Sandwich Tern, Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough

Ring Ouzel on Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough

White Wagtail at Leasowe, April 5th Steve Round

Ring Ouzel at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 3rd Elliot Montieth

White Wagtail on Hilbre, March 29th Alan Hitchmough

Wheatear on Hilbre, March 28th Matt Thomas

Iceland Gull in the roost on Hoylake Shore, March 26th Allan Conlin

Waxwing at Neston, March 24th Steve Williams

Wheatear by Middle Eye, March 21st Alan Hitchmough

Stonechat at Leasowe Lighthouse, March 20th Graham Connolly

Avocets on Parkgate Marsh, March 19th John Crook

Waxwings at Neston, March 17th Nigel 'Wirral Guy'

Wheatear on the cliffs at Thurstaston, March 17th Steve Hinde

Greenshank in the channel by the groyne, Meols, March 16th Sean O'Hara

Short-eared Owl over Burton Marsh, March 13th Nigel Maitland

Grey Partridge in field by the Old Baths, Parkgate, March 13th John Hewitt

Water Rail at Parkgate, March 12th Dave Edwards

Dunlins at Meols on the flooding tide, March 12th Graham Connolly

Green-winged Teal on tide off Riverbank Road, Heswall, March 12th Alan Hitchmough

Green-winged Teal on Heswall Shore, March 9th Steve Hinde

Short-eared Owl at Denhall Quay, March 3rd Stuart Phillips

Short-eared Owl near Hilbre, March 3rd Alan Hitchmough

This is a wholly independent web site and unless where specifically stated has been written and maintained by myself, Richard Smith. I do receive articles for the newsletter from time to time for which I am very grateful, and also various people kindly donate photographs and sketches. l rely to a large extent on people keeping me informed about the birds they have seen - this, more than anything, is what keeps the website going. Note that everything on this website is subject to copyright although some material may be available for non-commercial use - but please ask first! Lastly, 'Dee Estuary Birding' is just the name of this web site - it is not the name of an organisation or society.
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