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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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April Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Spring Migration, Colour Ring Report and March 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)

April 15
1 Ring Ouzel behind Hoylake Rugby club - Hoylake Langfields.
120 Kittiwake and several Arctic, Common And Sandwich Terns in Mersey mouth, also 6 Whimbrel flew north - New Brighton.
1 Sabine's Gull off Harrison Drive heading towards Fort Perch at 5.55pm - Wallasey Shore.
6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Peregrine hunting waders and 1 Grasshopper Warbler heard - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 14
1 Iceland Gull on tide edge at 4pm - Hoylake.
2 Ring Ouzel behind Hoylake Rugby club, 10 Cetti's Warbler around the old municipal golf course - Hoylake Langfields.
5 Spotted Redshank and 1 Mediterranean Gull  - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Whimbrel over, also 1 Greenshank, 8 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.
2 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Fields NT.

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Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 14th Tony Ramsden


Spotted Redshanks with Redshanks and Black-tailed Godwits, Burton Mere Wetlands, April 14th
Mark Woodhead


Whinchat on Hoylake Langfields, April 13th Richard Whitby


Common Redstart at Leasowe, April 11th Ian McKenna


Cattle Egrets on Burton Marsh, April 11th Mark Woodhead


Water Rail at Parkgate, April 9th John Crook


Ring Ouzel at Riverbank Road, Heswall, April 7th Steve Hinde


Ring Ouzel on Hoylake Langfields, April 7th Richard Whitby
 
Sandwich Tern, Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough


Ring Ouzel on Hilbre, April 6th Alan Hitchmough


White Wagtail at Leasowe, April 5th Steve Round


Ring Ouzel at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 3rd Elliot Montieth


White Wagtail on Hilbre, March 29th Alan Hitchmough


Wheatear on Hilbre, March 28th Matt Thomas


Iceland Gull in the roost on Hoylake Shore, March 26th Allan Conlin


Waxwing at Neston, March 24th Steve Williams


Wheatear by Middle Eye, March 21st Alan Hitchmough


Stonechat at Leasowe Lighthouse, March 20th Graham Connolly


Avocets on Parkgate Marsh, March 19th John Crook


Waxwings at Neston, March 17th Nigel 'Wirral Guy'


Wheatear on the cliffs at Thurstaston, March 17th Steve Hinde


Greenshank in the channel by the groyne, Meols, March 16th Sean O'Hara


Short-eared Owl over Burton Marsh, March 13th Nigel Maitland


Grey Partridge in field by the Old Baths, Parkgate, March 13th John Hewitt


Water Rail at Parkgate, March 12th Dave Edwards


Dunlins at Meols on the flooding tide, March 12th Graham Connolly


Green-winged Teal on tide off Riverbank Road, Heswall, March 12th Alan Hitchmough


Green-winged Teal on Heswall Shore, March 9th Steve Hinde


Short-eared Owl at Denhall Quay, March 3rd Stuart Phillips


Short-eared Owl near Hilbre, March 3rd Alan Hitchmough


Waxwing on Halkyn Mountain, February 24th Ken Lewis


Waxwing on Halkyn Mountain, February 23rd Rob Devenish


Goldcrest at Ness Gardens, February 20th Bruce Hogan


Little Egret in field, Lower Heswall, February 18th David Thompson


Redshanks on Heswall Marsh during the spring high tide, February 12th Frank Burns


Water Rail which had been walking around in front of the buildings near Nicholl's Ice Cream Shop!
Parkgate, February 12th Dave Ball


Jack Snipe at Parkgate, February 12th Chris Wilding


Stonechat at Parkgate, February 11th Roy Wilson


Knots at Hoylake, February 10th Steve Round


Twite flock by Flint Castle, February 10th Jeff Cohen


Bar-tailed Godwits at Hoylake, February 9th Richard Smith


Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, February 2nd John Hewitt


Waxwings on Halkyn Mountain, January 28th Steve Round


Glaucous Gull, Dove Point Meols, January 26th Martin Dohn


Waxwing on Halkyn Mountain, January 26th Jeff Cohen


American 'Storm' Wigeon at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 24th Mark Woodhead


American 'Storm' Wigeon at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 22nd John Hewitt


Drake Smew on West Kirby Marine Lale, January 18th Richard Smith


Drake Smew and pair of Goldeneyes, West Kirby Marine Lale, January 18th Steve Williams


Drake Smew on West Kirby Marine Lale, January 18th Alan Hitchmough


Siskin at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 17th Bill Wonderley


Common Scoter on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 16th Ron Brumby


Brent Geese and Dunlin at high tide, Hoylake, January 13th Richard Smith


Goldeneye on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 12th Steve Williams


Slavonian Grebe off Hilbre, January 12th Alan Hitchmough


Waxwings in garden, Seabank Road, Heswall, January 11th David Thompson


Knots feeding in the late afternoon sun, Thurstaston, January 9th Richard Smith


Goldeneyes on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 4th Les Hall



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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