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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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August Newsletter now published on this website featuring article "Flying off to Iceland in may to follow migrating Red Knot", Colour Ring Report and July 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)

Aug 7
Several reports of Yellow Wagtails along the coast yesterday evening and this morning indicating a passage.
76 Cormorant, 128 Little Egret, 2 juv Marsh Harrier, 2350 Oystercatcher, 53 Grey Plover, 4 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 280 Dunlin, 1620 Curlew, 3800 Redshank, 1150 Common Gull, 970 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtail at high tide - Heswall Shore.
125 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Wheatear - Hilbre.
1 Great Egret over Little Eye.
11 Greenshank and 1 Ruff at Donkey Stand Flash, 1 Hobby over marsh - Parkgate.
11 Common Sandpiper and 1,500 Redshank by R Dee channel - Flint Bridge.
4 Garganey, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail and 1 Wood Sandpiper (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red Kite over Puddington. 

Aug 6
3 Garganey, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
150+ Swift over Lower Heswall and marsh this morning.

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Wheatear on Hilbre, August 7th Alan Hitchmough

Dunlin at West Kirby, August 6th Elliot Montieth

Female and juvenile Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 1st Mark Woodhead

Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 29th Les Hall

Small flock of Dunlin feeding at high tide at Meols, July 28th Richard Smith

Juvenile Cuckoo at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 26th John Hewitt

Whimbrels at Thurstaston, July 26th Charles Farnell

Turnstone on Hilbre, July 24th Alan Hitchmough

Sandwich Terns at Hilbre - juvenile with parent, July 21st Richard Smith

Little Ringed Plover on Heswall Shore, July 20th Steve Hinde

Red Kite over Heswall, July 19th Frank Burns

Mediterranean Gull on West Kirby playing fields, July 15th Richard Smith

Juvenile Sandwich Terns on West Kirby Shore, July 11th Richard Smith

Black-tailed Godwits in full breeding plumage just returned from Iceland. We think many fly directly from Iceland
to this site, one of the most important post breeeding stopover/moulting sites in the UK.
Caldy Wildfowl Collection, July 10th Richard Smith

Little Tern at Gronant, July 9th Elliot Montieth

Great Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, Jul 7th Frank Burns

Sandwich Terns at Hilbre, July 5th Alan Hitchmough

Wood Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 30th David Bradshaw

Ruff (male in semi-breeding plumage) at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 29th Chris Wilding

Spotted Redshank at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 26th Andrew Ingham

Spoonbills over Parkgate Marsh, June 25th Roy Wilson

Great White Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands,June 24th Mike Kay

Willow Tit at Hoylake, June 24th Jane Turner

Mediterranean Gull at West Kirby, June 24th Richard Smith

Eider at Connah's Quay Reserve, June 15th Peter Haslem

Spoonbills at Parkgate, June 14th Roy Wilson

Mute Swans flying past Parkgate, June 9th Roy Wilson

Reed Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 7th Mark Woodhead

White-winged Black Tern at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 6th Steve Williams

Golden Plover on Gronant beach, June 3rd Ian Sheppard

Lesser Whitrthroat on Hilbre, May 29th Alan Hitchmough

Puffin off Connah's Quay Nature Reserve, May 15th Deeside Naturalists Society
A very rare sighting within the estuary and a first for the reserve!

Sanderling off Hoylake at high tide, May 21st Elliot Montieth

Dunlin on Hilbre, May 21st Alan Hitchmough

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

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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