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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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April Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Spring Migration, Colour Ring Report and March 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)

Apr 13
1 Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Common Whitethroat - Heswall Fields NT.
2 Common Sandpiper by groyne - Meols Shore.
2 Mediterranean Gull and 4 Cattle Egret over, 2 Goosander, 7 Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Ruff, 1 Whinchat (fem), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow between Burton Point and Nets Cafe - Burton Marsh.
2 Ring Ouzel and 2 Whinchat - Hoylake Langfields.

Apr 12
1 Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Spotted Redshanks - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling by south end of boardwalk - Red Rocks.
1 Reed Warbler by duck pond, 2 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat and several Sedge Warblers - Leasowe Lighthouse.

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Whinchat on Hoylake Langfields, April 13th Richard Whitby

Common Redstart at Leasowe, April 11th Ian McKenna

Cattle Egrets on Burton Marsh, April 11th Mark Woodhead

Water Rail at Parkgate, April 9th John Crook

Ring Ouzel at Riverbank Road, Heswall, April 7th Steve Hinde

Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 7th Richard Whitby
Sandwich Tern, Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough

Ring Ouzel on Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough

White Wagtail at Leasowe, April 5th Steve Round

Ring Ouzel at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 3rd Elliot Montieth

White Wagtail on Hilbre, March 29th Alan Hitchmough

Wheatear on Hilbre, March 28th Matt Thomas

Iceland Gull in the roost on Hoylake Shore, March 26th Allan Conlin

Waxwing at Neston, March 24th Steve Williams

Wheatear by Middle Eye, March 21st Alan Hitchmough

Stonechat at Leasowe Lighthouse, March 20th Graham Connolly

Avocets on Parkgate Marsh, March 19th John Crook

Waxwings at Neston, March 17th Nigel 'Wirral Guy'

Wheatear on the cliffs at Thurstaston, March 17th Steve Hinde

Greenshank in the channel by the groyne, Meols, March 16th Sean O'Hara

Short-eared Owl over Burton Marsh, March 13th Nigel Maitland

Grey Partridge in field by the Old Baths, Parkgate, March 13th John Hewitt

Water Rail at Parkgate, March 12th Dave Edwards

Dunlins at Meols on the flooding tide, March 12th Graham Connolly

Green-winged Teal on tide off Riverbank Road, Heswall, March 12th Alan Hitchmough

Green-winged Teal on Heswall Shore, March 9th Steve Hinde

Short-eared Owl at Denhall Quay, March 3rd Stuart Phillips

Short-eared Owl near Hilbre, March 3rd Alan Hitchmough

Waxwing on Halkyn Mountain, February 24th Ken Lewis

Waxwing on Halkyn Mountain, February 23rd Rob Devenish

Goldcrest at Ness Gardens, February 20th Bruce Hogan

Little Egret in field, Lower Heswall, February 18th David Thompson

Redshanks on Heswall Marsh during the spring high tide, February 12th Frank Burns

Water Rail which had been walking around in front of the buildings near Nicholl's Ice Cream Shop!
Parkgate, February 12th Dave Ball

Jack Snipe at Parkgate, February 12th Chris Wilding

Stonechat at Parkgate, February 11th Roy Wilson

Knots at Hoylake, February 10th Steve Round

Twite flock by Flint Castle, February 10th Jeff Cohen

Bar-tailed Godwits at Hoylake, February 9th Richard Smith

Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, February 2nd John Hewitt

Waxwings on Halkyn Mountain, January 28th Steve Round

Glaucous Gull, Dove Point Meols, January 26th Martin Dohn

Waxwing on Halkyn Mountain, January 26th Jeff Cohen

American 'Storm' Wigeon at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 24th Mark Woodhead

American 'Storm' Wigeon at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 22nd John Hewitt

Drake Smew on West Kirby Marine Lale, January 18th Richard Smith

Drake Smew and pair of Goldeneyes, West Kirby Marine Lale, January 18th Steve Williams

Drake Smew on West Kirby Marine Lale, January 18th Alan Hitchmough

Siskin at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 17th Bill Wonderley

Common Scoter on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 16th Ron Brumby

Brent Geese and Dunlin at high tide, Hoylake, January 13th Richard Smith

Goldeneye on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 12th Steve Williams

Slavonian Grebe off Hilbre, January 12th Alan Hitchmough

Waxwings in garden, Seabank Road, Heswall, January 11th David Thompson

Knots feeding in the late afternoon sun, Thurstaston, January 9th Richard Smith

Goldeneyes on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 4th Les Hall

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.