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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
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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
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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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