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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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October Newsletter now published on this website featuring Shelduck, Colour Ring Report and September 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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Oct 26
3 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
6+ Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 1 Spoonbill and 2 Stonechat - Parkgate.

Oct 25
1 Spoonbill, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Stonechat and 1 Spotted Redshank - Parkgate.
6 Brambling, 56 Siskin and 25 Skylark overhead, 1 Kingfisher on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 11 Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Rock Pipit (Scandinavian) and 12,500 Pink-footed Geese flying into roost this evening - Neston Reedbed/Parkgate.

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Marsh Harriers at Parkgate, October 25th Roy Lowry


Spoonbill at Parkgate, October 24th Llewelyn Thorold


Male Hen Harrier at Parkgate, October 21st Frank Burns


Guillemot at Meols, October 21st Richard Smith


Grey Wagtails on Hoylake Shore, October 16th Les Hall


Snow Bunting at Hilbre, October 16th Steve Williams


Spoonbill at Parkgate, October 14th Roy Wilson


Ruddy Shelduck at Burton Mere Wetlands, October 13th Neil Simpson


Rock Pipit on Meols Shore, October 12th Graham Connolly


Curlew Sandpiper at West Kirby Marine Lake, October 9th Peter Ham


Firecrest on Hilbre, October 8th Steve Williams


Great Skua at Hoylake, October 6th Mark Woodhead


Guillemot on West Kirby Marine Lake, October 6th Mark Peers


Sabine's Gull off Hilbre, October 5th Steve Williams


Pink-footed Geese flying on to the marsh at Parkgate, October 4th   Frank Burns


Pink-footed Geese flying inland over Sealand, September 30th Ron Brumby


Black-tailed Godwits with feral Greylags at Caldy, September 29th Richard Smith


The Brent are back! Hilbre on September 26th Alan Hitchmough


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



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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