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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 Web site 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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October Newsletter now published on this website featuring Long-tailed and Pomarine Skuas.

  Latest Sightings....


Oct 15
10,000+ Common Scoter and 90+ Great Crested Grebe off Meols and Leasowe over high tide.
2 Twite landed south end, 1 Snow Bunting over Hilbre and 3 Whooper Swan flew south.
1 Richard's Pipit over sea front garden flew west - Hoylake.
3 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest near Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Oct 14
1 Great Skua off north end, 1 Firecrest, 1 Raven and 123 pale-bellied Brent Geese - Hilbre.
4 Cattle Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Raven, 2 Narsh Harrier and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Crossbill and at least 80 Siskin over in several flocks, also 1 Swallow and 1 Mediterranean Gull on shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Oct 13
1 Yellow-browed Warbler caught and ringed this morning, also 1 Firecrest - Hilbre.
3 Cattle Egret and juv Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Red-throated Diver and 1 Razorbill - Hoylake Shore.

Oct 12
1 Crossbill (female) in pine bottom of Denhall Lane, Burton, this morning.
1 Greenshank and 1 common Sandpiper on groyne - Meols common.
100+ Skylark flew west up to 10am - Column Road/Kings Walk, West Kirby.
1 Hobby showing really well from IMF hide, 10 Raven, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and Stonechat family - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Merlin and 2 Stonechat - near Decca Pools.
2 Little Owl, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker and many Stonechats - Burton Point/Marsh.

Oct 11
1 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
c3,000 Pink-footed Geese over Burton Mere Wetlands headed to Burton Marsh.
5 Great White Egret and 1 Barn Owl - Burton Marsh.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Neston Old Quay.

Oct 10
1 Common Redstart in garden - Moreton.
1 Hobby, 1 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Egyptian Goose - Burton Marsh.
10 Chiffchaff and 20+ Goldcrest, 1 Mediterranean Gull on flooded field at ParkLane, 3 Swallow, 1 Redpoll and 1 Siskin over - Leasowe Lighthouse.

The October Newsletter includes:
Long-tailed and Pomarine Skuas,
Colour Ring Report
and  Forthcoming Events.

Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Bar-tailed Godwit at Hoylake, October 14th Richard Smith

Firecrest at Hilbre, October 14th Steve Williams (Hilbre Bird Observatory)

Yellow-browed Warbler at Hilbre, October 13th Allan Hitchmough (Hilbre Bird Observatory)

Crossbill by Denhall Lane, October 12th Rob Stacey

Marsh Harrier at Parkgate, October 6th Frank Burns

Bar-tailed Godwit at Hoylake, September 29th Carole Killikelly

Photographers - please note there is a wildlife photographers code of practice , also read Guidelines.
Please Maintain a safe working distance from all birds, particularly roosts, so as not to cause unnecessary disturbance.
"There is one hard and fast rule whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph."