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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 Snowy Egrets, Pacific Swifts and other tall stories, Colour Ring Report, June Bird News and *NEW* Big Little Tern Count - Family Event at Gronant.

Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Jul 3
1 Hobby flew from Decca Pools to Denhall Quay.
1 Quail calling on the marsh off golf course - Parkgate.
265 Sandwich Tern (many juvs), 1 Gannet and 1 Eider - Hilbre.

Jul 2
21 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 3 Avocet along the River Dee between Garden City and Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1 Bittern, 6 Ruff and 2 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Water Rail (1 juv) and 1 Common Sandpiper - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
2 Common Tern over and 2 Mediterranean Gull on sand next to West Kirby Marine Lake.

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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

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

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.
Copyright 2020 Richard Smith | Header Photograph of Black-tailed Godwits Steve Round.