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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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July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Knots at Leasowe in June, Colour Ring Report and June 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)

July 17
80 Bar-tailed Godwit, 250 Sandwich Tern, 4 Mediterranean Gull (all ads s/pl) and 800 Black-headed Gull at high tide - West Kirby Shore.
7 adult Mediterranean Gull, 96 Little Egrets, 1300 Curlew, 1950 Redshank over high tide - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Yellow Wagtail just east of Hoylake Lifeboat Station.

July 16
1 Little Gull (2cy) - Hoylake Shore.
3 Greenshank over, all calling - Leasowe Gunsite.
2,850 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

July 15
1 Whimbrel, 34 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull over high tide - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in tree near Denhall Quay.

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Mediterranean Gull on West Kirby shore, July 17th Richard Smith


Sandwich Terns between Little Eye and Middle Eye this morning, July 15th Richard Smith


Whimbrel on Meols Shore, July 11th Sean O'Hara


Little Gull (centre), Meols Shore, July 10th Alan Conlin


Little Gull at Meols, July 8th Sean O'Hara


A single Black-tailed Godwit with the roosting knots, Leasowe Gunsite, July 8th Richard Smith


The over-summering flock of knots roosting on the tide edge early morning off Leasowe Gunsite
July 8th Richard Smith


Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy Wildfowl Collection, July 6th Richard Smith


Manx Shearwater at New Brighton, July 4th Sean O'Hara


Mediterranean Gull at hoylake, June 27th Allan Conlin


Goosanders enjoying the sun this morning at Heswall, June 22nd Steve Hinde


Sanderling at Gronant, June 16th Ian Sheppard



Gannet and Fulmar at Hilbre, June 16th Alan Hitchmough


Common Whitethroat on Heswall Marsh, June 13th John Crook


Stonechat on marsh by Heswall GC, June 12th Bruce Hogan


Knots and Oystercatchers off Leasowe Gunsite, June 12th Richard Smith


Little Stint on Meols Shore, June 9th Allan Conlin


Blackcap singing by the Wirral Way at Parkgate, June 5th John Crook


Bar-tailed Godwits at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 30th Steve Round


Cetti's Warbler fledgling, Burton Mere Wetlands, May 28th Steve Rround


Curlew Sandpiper at Meols, May 28th Sean O'Hara


Curlew Sandpiper with Ringed Plovers, Hilbre, May 26th Steve Williams


House Martin collecting mud for nest-bulding, Heswall Shore, May 26th David Thompson


Osprey at Hilbre, May 26th Alan Hitchmough


Short-eared Owl inland of coastal paddocks, Leasowe Lighthouse. May 19th Sean O'Hara


Swallow on Hilbre, May 19th Alan Hitchmough


Spotted Flycatcher, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 15th Eddie Williams


Whinchat along Park Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 12th Anthony Ramsden


Avocet mobbing an Osprey, Burton Mere Wetlands, May 9th Steve Round


Spotted Flycatcher at Hilbre, May 8th Alan Hitchmough


Short-eared Owl at Hilbre, May 8th Alan Hitchmough


Black Guillemot at Hilbre, May 6th Steve Williams


Blue-headed Wagtail at Leasowe Lighthouse, May 6th Sean O'Hara


Garden Warbler at Leasowe Lighthouse, May 5th Jeremy Bradshaw


Whimbrels at Hilbre, May 4th Alan Hitchmough


Short-eared Owl in hedge on edge of marsh, Heswall, May 4th Steve Hinde


Another Iberian Chiffchaff, by Park Lane at Leasowe Lighthouse, May 3rd Sean O'Hara


Iberian Chiffchaff near Kerr's Field, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 1st Sean O'Hara


Oystercatcher and Red Knots off Leasowe Lighthouse, May 1st Richard Smith


Whinchat on the tidewrack at Burton Marsh, April 29th Andrew Ingham


'Channel' Yellow Wagtail at Kerr's Field, Leasowe, April 28th Colin Schofield


Cuckoo at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 27th Sean O'Hara


Ring Ouzel near Lingham Lane, Moreton, April 26th Sean O'Hara


Yellow Wagtail in the horse paddocks, Leasowe Lighthouse, April 25th Jeremy Bradshaw


Whimbrels at Thurstaston, April 24th Richard Smith


Grasshopper Warbler, Burton Marsh, April 23rd Frank Burns


Green Sandpiper in horse paddock, Leasowe Lighthouse, April 21st Sean O'Hara


Pink-footed Geese leaving the estuary past Hilbre, April 20th Alan Hitchmough


Cuckoos in Hoylake Langfields, April 20th Richard Whitby


Grasshopper Warbler at Meols, April 20th David Bradshaw


Sandwich Tern, Hilbre, April 20th Alan Hitchmough


Dunlins, many in breeding plumage, at West Kirby, April 20th Richard Smith


Common Cranes over Moreton, April 19th Graham Connolly


Grasshopper Warbler at Burton Point. April 18th Mark Woodhead


Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy Wildfowl Collection, April 18th Richard Smith


Male and female Redstarts at the back of the beach at Heswall, April 17th Steve Hinde


Whimbrel at Heswall, April 16th Steve Hinde


Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 14th Tony Ramsden


Spotted Redshanks with Redshanks and Black-tailed Godwits, Burton Mere Wetlands, April 14th
Mark Woodhead


Whinchat on Hoylake Langfields, April 13th Richard Whitby


Common Redstart at Leasowe, April 11th Ian McKenna


Cattle Egrets on Burton Marsh, April 11th Mark Woodhead


Water Rail at Parkgate, April 9th John Crook


Ring Ouzel at Riverbank Road, Heswall, April 7th Steve Hinde


Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 7th Richard Whitby
 
Sandwich Tern, Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough


Ring Ouzel on Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough


White Wagtail at Leasowe, April 5th Steve Round


Ring Ouzel at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 3rd Elliot Montieth


White Wagtail on Hilbre, March 29th Alan Hitchmough


Wheatear on Hilbre, March 28th Matt Thomas


Iceland Gull in the roost on Hoylake Shore, March 26th Allan Conlin


Waxwing at Neston, March 24th Steve Williams


Wheatear by Middle Eye, March 21st Alan Hitchmough


Stonechat at Leasowe Lighthouse, March 20th Graham Connolly


Avocets on Parkgate Marsh, March 19th John Crook


Waxwings at Neston, March 17th Nigel 'Wirral Guy'


Wheatear on the cliffs at Thurstaston, March 17th Steve Hinde


Greenshank in the channel by the groyne, Meols, March 16th Sean O'Hara


Short-eared Owl over Burton Marsh, March 13th Nigel Maitland


Grey Partridge in field by the Old Baths, Parkgate, March 13th John Hewitt


Water Rail at Parkgate, March 12th Dave Edwards


Dunlins at Meols on the flooding tide, March 12th Graham Connolly


Green-winged Teal on tide off Riverbank Road, Heswall, March 12th Alan Hitchmough


Green-winged Teal on Heswall Shore, March 9th Steve Hinde


Short-eared Owl at Denhall Quay, March 3rd Stuart Phillips


Short-eared Owl near Hilbre, March 3rd 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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