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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 Little Tern at Gronant and Point of Ayr, 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....

May 15
1 Hobby, 4 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Hoylake Langfields.
8 Wheatear in paddocks, 4 Swift over and 30+ Great Crested Grebe on sea - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 14
1 Collared Pratincole flew east over coastal paddocks at 08.10am, not yet relocated by 10am, also 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
49 Whimbrel, 123 Curlew, 108 Oystercatcher and 38 Little Egret, also 68 Carrion Crow on the sand flats presumably after crabs - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore.

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Redpoll and Siskin on Hilbre, May 14th Allan Hitchmough

Wood Warbler at Leasowe, May 12th Peter Sutton

Reed Warbler, Burton Mere Wetlands Bill Wonderley

Sedge Warbler on Burton Marsh, May 12th Mark Woodhead

Spotted Flycatcher, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 10th Jason King

Grasshopper Warbler at Leasowe, April 9th Elaine White

Whinchat at Leasowe, May 9th Richard Steel

Hoopoe at Hoylake, May 9th Peter Sutton

Hoopoe at Hoylake, May 9th Allan Conlin

Red Knot at Meols, May 8th Richard Smith

Lesser Whitethroat at Leasowe, May 7th Peter Sutton

Cuckoo on Burton Marsh, May 6th Allan Conlin

Linnet at Neston, May 5th Roy Wilson

Chiffchaff at Cleaver Heath, Heswall, May 5th Les Hall

Summer plumaged Knot and Grey Plover at Meols, May 4th Richard Smith

Reed Warbler at Leasowe, May 2nd

Sedge Warbler at Leasowe, May 2nd

Whinchat at Leasowe, April 30th Allan Conlin

Greenshank at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 28th Tony Hession

Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 28th John Hemmings

Razorbill on the groyne at Meols, April 27th Richard Smith

Summer-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit on Hilbre, April Hilbre Bird Observatory (Steve Williams)

Whimbrel at Caldy, April 26th Richard Smith

Spoonbills at Parkgate, April 26th Roy Wilson

Yellow Wagtail at Leasowe, April 24th Peter Sutton

Grasshopper Warbler along Green Lane, Wallasey, April 23rd Steve Houghton

Wheatears at Burton, April 22nd Andy Ingham

Collared Pratincole at Leasowe (Kerr's Field) found by David Bryant, April 22nd John Welbourn

Reed Bunting in sand dunes, West Kirby Steve Round

Wheatear at Burton, April 21st Bill Wonderley
Whinchat at Leasowe , April 21st Peter Sutton

Whinchat ringed at Hilbre, April 21st Hilbre Bird Observatory (Steve Williams)

Redpoll at Leasowe, April 20th Jeremy Bradshaw

Sub-alpine Warbler near Burton Point, April 19th Tony Hession

Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 19th Tony Hession

Lapwing in Caldy Wildfowl Collection, April 19th Richard Smith

Common Redstart on Heswall Marsh, April 19th Steve Hinde

Common Redstart at Leasowe, April 15th John Hewitt

Tawny Owl at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 15th Leon Castell

'Channel' Yellow Wagtail at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 14th Roger Evans

Osprey over Burton Marsh, April 13th Peter Sutton

Ring Ouzel down Lingham Lane, Moreton, April 12th Allan Conlin

Wheatear at Leasowe, April 12th Mark Woodhead

Great Egret at Parkgate, April 11th Roy Wilson

Blackcap at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 9th Steve Round

Tawny Owl at burton Mere Wetlands, April 7th John Hewitt

Black-tailed Godwits in the sea at Thurstaston, April 8th Richard Smith

Pink-footed Geese at Parkgate, April 5th Frank Burns

White-fronted Geese on Burton Marsh, April 4th Richard May

Gannet off Hilbre, April 4th Allan Hitchmough

Whooper Swans at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 3rd Carole Killikelly

Cetti's Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 2nd Steve Houghton

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.
Copyright 2020 Richard Smith | Header Photograph of Black-tailed Godwits Steve Round.