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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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December Newsletter now published on this website featuring WHilbre Bird Observatory Ringing Report, Colour Ring Report and November Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Latest Sightings....

Dec 4
46 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 800 Shelduck, 625 Pintail, 360 Teal, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ring-tail), 9 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 150 Skylark - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Snow Bunting - Red Rocks.
4 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 3
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Egret, 4 Hen Harrier (1 adult male, 1 sub-adult male and 2 ringtail), 1 Merlin and 2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
17 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Marsh Harrier - Heswall Marsh.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
5 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (family with two adults and 3 juvs constantly chattering!) in private garden - Burton.
16 Purple Sandpiper, 215 Turnstone and 1 Shag - Hilbre.

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Purple Sandpiper at New Brighton Marine Lake, December 4th Graham Parry

Hen Harrier at Parkgate, December 2nd Mark Woodhead

Short-eared Owl off Denhall Quay, December 2nd Jeff Cohen

Knots at Thurstaston, November 29th Richard Smith

Goosander flock on West Kirby Marine Lake, November 28th Les Hall

Fieldfare in Deeside Industrial Estate, November 28th Jeff Cohen

One of many Redwings in field behind Parkgate Old Baths, November 27th Carole Killikelly

Snow Buntings at Red Rocks, November 25th Sean O'Hara

Greenhank at Thurstaston, November 25th Richard Smith

Redshank at West Kirby Marine Lake, November 23rd Chris Wilding

Male Hen Harrier off Heswall, November 21st Frank Burns

Great Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, November 21st Steve Round

Goosanders on West Kirby Marine Lake, November 21st Alan Hitchmough

Raven with prey on Hoylake shore, November 20th Richard Smith

Short-eared Owl over Neston Marsh, November 18th Jeff Cohen

Shelducks at Meols, November 18th Richard Smith

Knots having a good bathing and preening session in the sun at Thurstaston
November 14th Richard Smith

Stonechat at Leasowe Lighthouse, November 14th Graham Connolly

Pink-footed Geese over Thurstaston, November 11th Richard Smith

Rock Pipit on sea defence, Hoylake, November 10th Allan Conlin

Brent Geese on Hilbre (dark-bellied on right), November 10th Matt Thomas

Brambling at Point of Ayr, November 8th Dan Gorton

Cattle Egret at Meols, November 6th Steve Williams.

Barn Owl at Parkgate, November 4th Steve Round

Snow Bunting at Meols November 2nd - Left Graham Connolly, Right David Bradshaw

Snow Bunting at Meols, November 2nd Matt Thomas

Redwing in garden near the 'Beacon', West Kirby, October 31st Alan Hitchmough

Barn Owl at Parkgate, October 27th Richard Jones

Greenshanks at Burton Mere Wetlands, October 27th Les Hall

Eider hybrid of some kind at Thurstaston, October 27th Steve Hinde

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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