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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.

October Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Wetland Bird Survey 2012/13 Part 2 and Red Rocks Update.

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Oct 31
Visible Migration 07:20 to 09:00 over Heswall Shore: 2 Rock Pipit, 1,055 Starling, 7 Mistle Thrush, 700 Fieldfare, 205 Redwing, 215 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, also 5 Pink-footed Geese, 92 Golden Plover, 355 Lapwing and 5 Wigeon.
700 Fieldfare, 200 Redwing and c2,000 Starling over Gilroy Nature Park/Grange Hill, West Kirby.
1,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
13 Greenshank, 7 Spotted Redshank, 6 Little Grebe and 600 Black-tailed Godwit - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Han Harrier (ringtail and grey male), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate Old Baths late afternoon.

Oct 30
33 Little Egret, 1 male Hen Harrier, 86 Golden Plover, 700 Knot, 260 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore this morning.
1 Swallow over Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Long-tailed Duck  (fem) off north end, 83 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin, 2 Whooper Swan over and 85 Siskin - Hilbre.
50 Pink-footed Geese (mostly headed south), 2 Brambling, 1 Stonechat and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.

Oct 29
c40 Twite, 11 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Goldeneye - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 11 Whooper Swan (incl 3 juv) and 1 Merlin - Burton Point.
2 Cetti's Warbler (confirmed), 5 Brambling, 12 Siskin, 15 Mistle Thrush and 2 Redpoll on visible migration, 20 Pink-footed Geese headed out of estuary at first light and 1 Raven flew out of the sand dunes - highlights from Red Rocks early morning.
795 Pink-footed Geese flew in in several flocks from the east/north-east over Thurstaston Hill then towards Parkgate this morning.
82 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 260 Woodpigeon (over going south) - Heswall Shore this morning, and 2 Greenshank and 1 Spotted Redshank this afternoon.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.

The October Newsletter includes:

The Wetland Bird Survey 2012/13 Part 2Colour Ring Report, Red Rocks Update and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

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.

MDunlin at Flint Castle, Oct 24th Jeff Cohen.
Merlin at Burton Mere Wetlands, October 26th Jeff Cohen.
Stonechat on Burton Marsh, Oct 28th Andy Davis.