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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.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Oct 25
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, over high tide.
1 Kingfisher (first for site since 1976!), 745 Chaffinch and 4 Brambling over, 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Cattle Egret and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh this afternoon.

Oct 24
2 Twite and 6 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
c250 Pink-footed Geese over Thurstaston Visitor Centre this morning heading towards Parkgate.
1 Grey Phalarope on groyne at 1030am then seen offshore at 11am, then flew east - Meols Shore, also 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Stint and 2 Red-breasted Merganser.
1,440 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, over high tide.
Huge flock of gulls on Hoylake Shore/on sea at high tide including 7,800 Herring Gull and c60 Great Black-backed Gull.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 800 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail and 87 Golden Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier (adult fem) - Parkgate Marsh off Old Baths this evening.

Oct 23
1,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, over high tide.
At least 140 Pink-footed Geese over Heswall heading towards the estuary between 9am and 9.30am. 

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.
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Photographers - please note there is a wildlife photographers code of practice (www.wildlifeupclose.co.uk/codeofconduct.html), 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.
Peregrine with prey, Burton Mere Wetlands, October 12th Andy Davis.
Hen Harrier at Burton Mere Wetlands, Oct21st  Mark Evans.