Home Sightings Photos NewsletterTides Site Guides Index

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.

Please send any sightings to:

April Newsletter now published on this website featuring Rewilding Hoylake Langfields (a fantasy?), Colour Ring Report (including a new photographic guide to colour ringed knots) 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....

Apr 18
1 Common Redstart, 3 Redpoll and 1 Common Whitethroat - Red Rocks.
640 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

Apr 17
1 Grasshopper Warbler near Boathouse pub, 2 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Osprey flew inland, 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.
1 Ring Ouzel in pony paddocks - Burton Road, Burton.
1 Ring Ouzel still along Lingham Lane north of brickworks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Redstart, 1 Yellow Wagtail, a few siskin over - Hilbre.
1 Common Redstart in seafront garden - Hoylake.
17 Whimbrel, 735 Curlew, 260 Oystercatcher and 770 Redshank - Heswall Shore.

Top of Page

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

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

Red Kite over Leasowe, April 1st Graham Connolly

Wheatear on Hilbre, March 31st Matt Thomas

Cormorant at New Brighton, March 29th Mark Woodhead

Ring Ouzel at Leasowe, March 27th Steve Houghton

Wheatear on Hilbre, March 26th Steve Williams

Ring Ouzel by Leasowe Lighthouse, March 26th Allan Conlin

Purple Sandpipers roosting on Hilbre, March 25th Allan Hitchmough

Wheatear at Burton, March 24th Les Hall

Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 22nd Peter Sutton

Little Ringed Plover on Kerr's Field, Leasowe, March 21st Sean O'Hara

Goldcrest on Hilbre, March 21st Allan Hitchmough

Merlin sitting on top of channel marker at Heswall, March 20th Peter Ham

Redpoll along Wirral Way, Parkgate, March 18th Kevin Walton

Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 19th John Hewitt

Peregrine over Leasowe, March 18th Allan Conlin

Snow Buntings at Hoylake, March 15th Richard Smith

Pink-footed Geese at Heswall, March 13th Peter Sutton

Brent Geese at Thurstaston, Dark-bellied in the centre, March 9th Richard Smith

Goldcrest at Thornton Hough, March 1st Andy Coxon

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.