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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 Terns at Gronant and Point of Ayr, Colour Ring Report Little Tern Special and April 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)

May 17
1 Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin by the groyne before high tide - Meols Shore.
1 Great Egret heading south, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear and 1 Spotted Flycactcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Garden Warbler - Hilbre.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in trees by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

May 16
4 Whinchat and 6 Wheatear (coastal paddocks and Kerr's Field), also 5+ Spotted flycatcher and 6 Common Tern past - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3+ Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat and 4 Willow Warbler though sea-front garden this morning - Hoylake.
1 Black Tern, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 80 Sanderling and a lot of Dunlin including alpina - Hoylake Shore.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

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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
https://www.stevenround-birdphotography.co.uk/


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
https://www.stevenround-birdphotography.co.uk/


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


Whimbrel on Kerr's Field, Leasowe, April 30th Carole Killikelly


Lesser Whitethroat on Hoylake Muni Golf Course, April 30th Richard Whitby


Stonechat at Leasowe, April 28th Benjamin Twist


Bluethroat by Leasowe Lighthouse, April 28th Richard Smith


Skylark at Leasowe, April 27th Jonathan Ashton


Channel/blue-headed Wagtail at Hoylake Langfields, April 27th Richard Whitby


Richard's Pipit, Hilbre, April 26th Hilbre Bird Observatory (Steve Williams)


Whinchat on Kerr's Field, April 25th Chris Wilding


Whinchat by Leasowe Lighthouse, April 25th Jason King



Knots at Thurstaston April 24th both photos by Steve Hinde
Many moulting into summer plumage


Wheatears at Leasowe, April 24th Sean O'Hara


Grasshopper Warbler at Leasowe, April 21st Jeremy Bradshaw


Tree Pipit about to be realeased after being ringed, Hoylake, April 20th Jane Turner


Common Whitethroat at Burton Point, April 18th Frank Burns


Redpoll on Hilbre, April 17th Alan Hitchmough


Wheatear by Hoylake Lifeboat Station, April 16th Richard Smith


Eider flying past Hilbre, April 15th Elliot Monieth


Common Whitethroat in Kerr's Filed, Leasowe,  April 15th Graham Connolly


Whinchat on Hoylake Langfields, April 15th Richard Whitby


Osprey at Meols, April 14th Graham Connolly


Osprey near Park Lane, Meols, April 14th Sean O'Hara


Spotted Redshanks at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 14th Mark Woodhead


Long-tailed Duck at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 14th Chris Wilding


White Wagtail on Hoylake shore, April 14th Richard Smith


Common Redstart on Hoylake Langfields, April 13th Graham Parry


First Little Tern of the year fishing by Hilbre, April 12th Alan Hitchmough


Iberian Chiffchaff, Hoylake, April 11th Jane Turner


Iberian Chiffchaff, Hoylake, April 11th Jane Turner


Pied Flycatcher, Moreton, April 11th Graham Connolly


Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 10th Sean O'Hara


Wheatear at Burton, April 10th Carole Killikelly


Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 10th Bill Wonderley


Rooftop Manadarins (next door's roof), April 9th Richard Smith


Gannet past Hilbre, April 7th Steve Williams


Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy, April 6th Richard Smith


Knot flock and a Black-tailed Godwit at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 3rd Carole Killikelly


Wheatear on Hilbre, April 3rd Alan Hitchmough


Goldfinches being ringed on Hilbre, March 29th Steve Williams (Hilbre Bird Observatory)
See more photos on http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/


Spotted Redshanks at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 29th Chris Wilding


White Stork over Queensferry, March 27th Dave Winnard


Ruddy Shelducks at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 24th Les Hall


Red Kite and Osprey over Leasowe Lighthouse, March 23rd Ian McKenna


Oystercatchers at Leasowe Charles Farnell


Drake Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 22nd Chris Wilding


Grey Herons at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 22nd Mark Woodhead


Drake and duck Garganey at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 21st
Left Tony Hession and Right John Hewitt


Little Gull at Connah's Quay, March 20th Daniel Francis


Long-tailed Duck at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, March 20th John Hewitt


Whooper Swans off Thurstaston early morning, they were later seen flying out of the estuary past Hilbre
March 19th Steve Hinde


Stonechats at Parkgate, March 18th Richard Jones


Chiffchaff at Thurstaston, March 17th Matt Thomas


Wheatear at Burton Point, March 15th Frank Burns


Long-tailed duck at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 13th Andrew Ingham


Greenshank at Leasowe, March 13th Jeremy Bradshaw


Rock Pipit at Leasowe, March 12th Jason King


Wheatear on Hilbre, March 12th Chris Williams


Short-eared Owl at Heswall Golf Course, March 8th Frank Burns


Stonechat by Leasowe Lighthouse, March 8th Jeremy Bradshaw


Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, March 6th Steve Round
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Great White Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 6th Sasha Quentin


Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, March 2nd Ken Lewis


Snow Bunting, Wallasey Shore, March 2nd Graham Parry


Cetti's Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 1st Steve Hart



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