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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 Tern at Gronant and Point of Ayr, Colour Ring Report and April 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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May 15
1 Hobby, 4 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Hoylake Langfields.
8 Wheatear in paddocks, 4 Swift over and 30+ Great Crested Grebe on sea - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 14
1 Collared Pratincole flew east over coastal paddocks at 08.10am, not yet relocated by 10am, also 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
49 Whimbrel, 123 Curlew, 108 Oystercatcher and 38 Little Egret, also 68 Carrion Crow on the sand flats presumably after crabs - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore.

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Redpoll and Siskin on Hilbre, May 14th Allan Hitchmough


Wood Warbler at Leasowe, May 12th Peter Sutton


Reed Warbler, Burton Mere Wetlands Bill Wonderley


Sedge Warbler on Burton Marsh, May 12th Mark Woodhead


Spotted Flycatcher, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 10th Jason King


Grasshopper Warbler at Leasowe, April 9th Elaine White


Whinchat at Leasowe, May 9th Richard Steel
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Hoopoe at Hoylake, May 9th Peter Sutton


Hoopoe at Hoylake, May 9th Allan Conlin


Red Knot at Meols, May 8th Richard Smith


Lesser Whitethroat at Leasowe, May 7th Peter Sutton


Cuckoo on Burton Marsh, May 6th Allan Conlin


Linnet at Neston, May 5th Roy Wilson


Chiffchaff at Cleaver Heath, Heswall, May 5th Les Hall


Summer plumaged Knot and Grey Plover at Meols, May 4th Richard Smith


Reed Warbler at Leasowe, May 2nd
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Sedge Warbler at Leasowe, May 2nd


Whinchat at Leasowe, April 30th Allan Conlin


Greenshank at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 28th Tony Hession


Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 28th John Hemmings


Razorbill on the groyne at Meols, April 27th Richard Smith


Summer-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit on Hilbre, April Hilbre Bird Observatory (Steve Williams)
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Whimbrel at Caldy, April 26th Richard Smith


Spoonbills at Parkgate, April 26th Roy Wilson


Yellow Wagtail at Leasowe, April 24th Peter Sutton


Grasshopper Warbler along Green Lane, Wallasey, April 23rd Steve Houghton


Wheatears at Burton, April 22nd Andy Ingham


Collared Pratincole at Leasowe (Kerr's Field) found by David Bryant, April 22nd John Welbourn


Reed Bunting in sand dunes, West Kirby Steve Round
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Wheatear at Burton, April 21st Bill Wonderley
 
Whinchat at Leasowe , April 21st Peter Sutton


Whinchat ringed at Hilbre, April 21st Hilbre Bird Observatory (Steve Williams)


Redpoll at Leasowe, April 20th Jeremy Bradshaw


Sub-alpine Warbler near Burton Point, April 19th Tony Hession


Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 19th Tony Hession


Lapwing in Caldy Wildfowl Collection, April 19th Richard Smith


Common Redstart on Heswall Marsh, April 19th Steve Hinde


Common Redstart at Leasowe, April 15th John Hewitt


Tawny Owl at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 15th Leon Castell


'Channel' Yellow Wagtail at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 14th Roger Evans


Osprey over Burton Marsh, April 13th Peter Sutton


Ring Ouzel down Lingham Lane, Moreton, April 12th Allan Conlin


Wheatear at Leasowe, April 12th Mark Woodhead


Great Egret at Parkgate, April 11th Roy Wilson


Blackcap at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 9th Steve Round
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Tawny Owl at burton Mere Wetlands, April 7th John Hewitt


Black-tailed Godwits in the sea at Thurstaston, April 8th Richard Smith


Pink-footed Geese at Parkgate, April 5th Frank Burns


White-fronted Geese on Burton Marsh, April 4th Richard May


Gannet off Hilbre, April 4th Allan Hitchmough


Whooper Swans at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 3rd Carole Killikelly


Cetti's Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 2nd Steve Houghton



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