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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 Web site 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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April Newsletter now published on this website featuring 'Oystercatchers'.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Apr 30
1 Spotted Crake flushed and flew into reed bed - Red Rocks.
5 Black Tern, c10 Wheatear, 3 Whichat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
17 Black Tern and 9 Little Tern off Hoylake as tide came in, also Redstart in seafront garden, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Little Ringed Plover and hundreds of hirundines.
4 Black Tern off west side, 1 Wood Warbler, 100+ Willow Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Whinchat  - Hilbre.
10+ Whinchat and 25+ Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7 Grasshopper Warbler along seawall between Cottage Lane and the Boathouse pub - Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret and 3 Grest White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3,000 Dunlin - Meols Shore as the tide dropped this afternoon.

Apr 29
1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat and 2 Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whinchat on playing fields of Hilbre School - West Kirby.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Denhall Quay.
1 Ring Ouzel male (over), 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Grasshopper Warbler and 10 Willow Warbler - Red Rocks.
2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 6,000 Dunlin, 300 Sandwich Tern, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Wheatear - Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details.
14 Common Whitethroat and 6 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall/Thurstaston cliffs and fields.
15 Little Egret, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 56 Curlew, minimum 84 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
200 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).

Apr 28
1 Grasshopper Warbler and 3+ Sedge Warbler along Denhall Lane - Burton Marsh.
6+ Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Gayton/Parkgate Marsh over high tide.
1 Hooded Crow (briefly on field near helipad), c20 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 10 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Eider (pair) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler, also a distinct passage of Swallows and Sand Martins - Red Rocks.
5,500 Dunlin roosted on top of the island by the lifeboat station at high tide, also 1 Little Gull, 3 Arctic Tern, 10 Guillemot, 2 Eider, 17 Whimbrel, 1 Manx Shearwater and 1 Fulmar - Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details.
4 Spotted Redshank and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 2 Swift and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.

The April Newsletter includes:

Oystercatchers', Deeside Naturalists' Society Bird Report 2016 and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Whimbrel off Flint Castle, April 29th Jeff Cohen

Spotted Redshank at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 28th Les Hall

Ring Ouzel at West Kirby, April 25th Elliot Monieth

Whimbrel at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 22nd Andrew Ingham

Hooded Crow in Hoylake, April 22nd Michael Davenport

Photographers - please note there is a wildlife photographers code of practice , also read Guidelines.
Please Maintain a safe working distance from all birds, particularly roosts, so as not to cause unnecessary disturbance.
"There is one hard and fast rule whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph."