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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 with all the news from a fantastic September!

NOTE: Two exciting events on Saturday Oct 21st, Autumn Arrivals at Point of Ayr and Connah's Quay Reserve Open Day - see Newsletter Events.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Oct 19
1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 10 Eider, 95 Brent Geese, 520 Grey Plover, 3,500 Dunlin and 10,000 Oystercatcher between Hilbre/Little Eye and Red Rocks before high tide.
1 Ruff and c400 Sanderling in wader roost at high tide - Hoylake.
3,840 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Nature Reseve.

Oct 18
Large movement of Pink-footed Geese this morning with hundreds of birds moving both out of and in to the estuary from direction of South Lancs.
1 Brambling 1 Redwing, 150 Chaffinch, 40+ Jackdaw, 13 Mistle Thrush and 14 Siskin over, 5 Stonechat, 2-3 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest on the ground - Red Rocks early morning.

Oct 17
3 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (Harriers coming in to roost) - Parkgate.
10 Marsh Harrier came in to roost at Neston Reed Bed this evening.
1 Leach's Petrel, 5 Red-throated Diver, 95 Golden Plover over in two flocks, 119 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 4,000 Common Scoter, 290 Shelduck, 452 Cormorant flew out of the estuary and 10 Eider - highlights from Hilbre, for more details see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Hobby - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Grey Phalarope very close and 1 Leach's Petrel - Hoylake Shore.
2,900 Black-tailed Godwit and 300 Knot - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay/Decca Pools.

The October Newsletter includes:

Four Windy Days in September, 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.

Two Little Stints with Lapwing at Burton Mere Wetlands, October 12th Les Hall

Wood Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands, October 10th Frank Burns

Marsh Harrier at Parkgate, October 7th Ryan Williams

Wood Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands (IMF), October 6th Les Hall

Leach's Petrel at New Brighton, October 5th Elliot Montieth

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."