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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 Terns at Gronant and Point of Ayr, Colour Ring Report Little Tern Special 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 17
1 Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin by the groyne before high tide - Meols Shore.
1 Great Egret heading south, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear and 1 Spotted Flycactcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Garden Warbler - Hilbre.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in trees by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

May 16
4 Whinchat and 6 Wheatear (coastal paddocks and Kerr's Field), also 5+ Spotted flycatcher and 6 Common Tern past - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3+ Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat and 4 Willow Warbler though sea-front garden this morning - Hoylake.
1 Black Tern, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 80 Sanderling and a lot of Dunlin including alpina - Hoylake Shore.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

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Curlew Sandpiper on Meols Shore, May 17th Sean O'Hara

Common Terns off Meols, May 16th Sean O'Hara

Cuckoo, Burton Marsh, May 14th Dave Wilson

Spotted Flycatcher at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 14th Carole Killikelly

Wheatear at Parkgate, May 14th Richard Jones

Sparrowhawk at Leasowe, May 12th Jeremy Bradshaw

Sedge Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 11th Bill Wonderley

Marsh Harrier on the Dee Estuary, May 9th Steve Round

Whinchat on Hilbre, May 8th Alan Hitchmough

Whimbrels at Heswall, May 6th Charles Farnell

Summer Plumaged Purple Sandpiper on Hilbre, May 4th Matt Thomas

Grasshopper Warbler at Leasowe, May 3rd Steve Round

Drake Garganey by Pasture Road, Moreton, May 2nd Steve Williams

Spoonbill at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 1st Richard Whitby

Cuckoo being harassed by a Magpie at Leasowe, May 1st Graham Connolly

Common Sandpier at West Kirby, May 1st Alan Hitchmough

Whimbrel on Kerr's Field, Leasowe, April 30th Carole Killikelly

Lesser Whitethroat on Hoylake Muni Golf Course, April 30th Richard Whitby

Stonechat at Leasowe, April 28th Benjamin Twist

Bluethroat by Leasowe Lighthouse, April 28th Richard Smith

Skylark at Leasowe, April 27th Jonathan Ashton

Channel/blue-headed Wagtail at Hoylake Langfields, April 27th Richard Whitby

Richard's Pipit, Hilbre, April 26th Hilbre Bird Observatory (Steve Williams)

Whinchat on Kerr's Field, April 25th Chris Wilding

Whinchat by Leasowe Lighthouse, April 25th Jason King

Knots at Thurstaston April 24th both photos by Steve Hinde
Many moulting into summer plumage

Wheatears at Leasowe, April 24th Sean O'Hara

Grasshopper Warbler at Leasowe, April 21st Jeremy Bradshaw

Tree Pipit about to be realeased after being ringed, Hoylake, April 20th Jane Turner

Common Whitethroat at Burton Point, April 18th Frank Burns

Redpoll on Hilbre, April 17th Alan Hitchmough

Wheatear by Hoylake Lifeboat Station, April 16th Richard Smith

Eider flying past Hilbre, April 15th Elliot Monieth

Common Whitethroat in Kerr's Filed, Leasowe,  April 15th Graham Connolly

Whinchat on Hoylake Langfields, April 15th Richard Whitby

Osprey at Meols, April 14th Graham Connolly

Osprey near Park Lane, Meols, April 14th Sean O'Hara

Spotted Redshanks at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 14th Mark Woodhead

Long-tailed Duck at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 14th Chris Wilding

White Wagtail on Hoylake shore, April 14th Richard Smith

Common Redstart on Hoylake Langfields, April 13th Graham Parry

First Little Tern of the year fishing by Hilbre, April 12th Alan Hitchmough

Iberian Chiffchaff, Hoylake, April 11th Jane Turner

Iberian Chiffchaff, Hoylake, April 11th Jane Turner

Pied Flycatcher, Moreton, April 11th Graham Connolly

Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 10th Sean O'Hara

Wheatear at Burton, April 10th Carole Killikelly

Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 10th Bill Wonderley

Rooftop Manadarins (next door's roof), April 9th Richard Smith

Gannet past Hilbre, April 7th Steve Williams

Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy, April 6th Richard Smith

Knot flock and a Black-tailed Godwit at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 3rd Carole Killikelly

Wheatear on Hilbre, April 3rd Alan Hitchmough

Goldfinches being ringed on Hilbre, March 29th Steve Williams (Hilbre Bird Observatory)
See more photos on http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/

Spotted Redshanks at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 29th Chris Wilding

White Stork over Queensferry, March 27th Dave Winnard

Ruddy Shelducks at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 24th Les Hall

Red Kite and Osprey over Leasowe Lighthouse, March 23rd Ian McKenna

Oystercatchers at Leasowe Charles Farnell

Drake Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 22nd Chris Wilding

Grey Herons at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 22nd Mark Woodhead

Drake and duck Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 21st
Left Tony Hession and Right John Hewitt

Little Gull at Connah's Quay, March 20th Daniel Francis

Long-tailed Duck at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, March 20th John Hewitt

Whooper Swans off Thurstaston early morning, they were later seen flying out of the estuary past Hilbre
March 19th Steve Hinde

Stonechats at Parkgate, March 18th Richard Jones

Chiffchaff at Thurstaston, March 17th Matt Thomas

Wheatear at Burton Point, March 15th Frank Burns

Long-tailed duck at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 13th Andrew Ingham

Greenshank at Leasowe, March 13th Jeremy Bradshaw

Rock Pipit at Leasowe, March 12th Jason King

Wheatear on Hilbre, March 12th Chris Williams

Short-eared Owl at Heswall Golf Course, March 8th Frank Burns

Stonechat by Leasowe Lighthouse, March 8th Jeremy Bradshaw

Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, March 6th Steve Round

Great White Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 6th Sasha Quentin

Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, March 2nd Ken Lewis

Snow Bunting, Wallasey Shore, March 2nd Graham Parry

Cetti's Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 1st Steve Hart

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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