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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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September Newsletter now published on this website featuring Pelagic Seabirds in Liverpool Bay, Colour Ring Report and August Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

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Sep 24
1 Wilson's Phalarope on Boathouse Flashes, also 3 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 17 Greenshank and 60 Pink-footed Geese flew inland - Parkgate.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Water Rail on duck pond - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Little Stint at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper with 430 Redshank - West Kirby Marine Lake.
11 Brent Geese, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk and 4 Golden Plover this morning - Hilbre.
1 Squacco Heron - on pond/reeds just north of St Mary's Touring Park, Gronant.

Sep 23
1 Wilson's Phalarope on border pool this morning then flew to main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Leach's Petrel alomg tideline at 12.15hrs - Meols Shore.
1 Squacco Heron - on pond/reeds just north of St Mary's Touring Park, Gronant.
1 Ruff with 5,000+ Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Little Stint near Little Eye.

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Dunlin near Little Eye, September 23rd Steve Williams


Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy, September 23rd Richard Smith


Wilson's Phalarope at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 21st Andrew Ingham


Wilson's Phalarope at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 21st John Hewitt


Wilson's Phalarope at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 21st Steve Williams


Curlew Sandpiper with Redshank and Turnstone, West Kirby, September 20th Richard Smith


Curlew Sandpiper at West Kirby, September 18th Richard Smith


Greenshank at Meols, September 18th Richard Smith


Squacco Heron at Big Pool Wood, Gronant, September 16th Jeff Cohen


Curlew Sandpiper at West Kirby, September 17th Richard Smith


Kingfisher by River Birket, Lingham Lane bridge, September 17th Sean O'Hara


Wheatear on Leasowe Shore, September 17th John Missin


Starlings at Heswall, Sep 15th Frank Burns


Cattle Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, Sep 14th Bill Wonderley


Cattle Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, Sep 11th Elliot Montieth


Brent Geese on Hilbre, September 12th Alan Hitchmough


Yellow-legged Gull (centre) with a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Hoylake, September 11th Steve Williams


Most of the adult Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy are now in full winter plumage, and most of the juveniles are busily moulting but we are still getting some 'new' juveniles flying in, September 11th Richard Smith


Common Scoter off Meols, Sep 10th Sean O'Hara


Curlew Sandpiper at Hoylake, Sep 9th Sean O'Hara


Firecrest on Hilbre, September 7th Allan Conlin


Spoonbills at Parkgate, September 6th Roy Wilson


Spotted Flycatcher at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 4th Stuart Phillips


Common Redstart on Hilbre, September 2nd Allan Conlin


Wheatear at Burton Point, September 2nd Mark Woodhead


Spotted Flycatcher at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 29th Carole Killikelly


Spoonbills at Parkgate, August 29th Roy Wilson


Peregrine over Hoylake Shore, August 25th Peter Sutton


Ruddy Shelduck at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 25th Andy Ingham


Little Stint at Hoylake, August 24th Chris Wilding


Common Terns at Hoylake, August 24th Richard Smith


Little Gull (adult winter plumage), Hoylake Shore, August 23rd Richard Smith


Peregrine on Heswall Marsh, August 22nd Tommy Mundy


Little Owl at Burton Point, August 18th Andy Coxon


Green Sandpiper on flood by Pasture Road, Moreton, August 16th Alan Conlin


Great Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 14th Neil Simpson


Merlin at Connah's Quay NR, August 15th Matt Francis


Black-tailed Godwit at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 13th Mark Woodhead


Kingfisher at Arrowe Park Lake, August 12th Roger Evans


Spotted Redshank at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 11th John Hemmings


Dark-bellied Brent Goose at New Brighton, August 7th John Missin


American Golden Plover on Hoylake Shore, August 7th Steve Williams


American Golden Plover on Hoylake Shore, August 7th Alan Hitchmough


American Golden Plover on Hoylake Shore, August 7th Bill Wonderley


Common Redstart, Pensby, August 7th Steve Hinde


Summer Plumaged Turnstone, West Kirby, August 4th David Bradshaw


Sandwich Terns off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, August 3rd Richard Smith


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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