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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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August Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Wetland Bird Survey 2015/16 and a NEW publication - Rare and Scarce birds of Cheshire and Wirral.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Aug 21
2,000 Black Tailed Godwit, 5,000+ Redshank, 800 Dunlin, 200 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank and 1 Great White Egret - Oakenholt Marsh.
800 Ringed Plover and 4,000 Dunlin, 20 Common Scoter flew west - Hoylake Shore.
3,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
202 Little Tern, 300 Sandwich Term and 150 Common Tern - Hilbre, see details on Hilbre Bird ObS Blog.

Aug 20
2 Arctic Skua and c60 Little Tern - Hilbre.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Yellow wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and 1 calling Cetti's warbler - Burton Point early morning.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.

Aug 19
7 Arctic Skua, 12 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar and 8 Kittiwake, also 4 Harbour Porpoise - Hilbre.
3,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 fem Wheatear - Heswall Shore late afternoon.

Aug 18
1 Peregrine, 68 Ringed Plover, 73 Grey Plover, 300 Dunlin, 5000 Redshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1500 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail -  Heswall Shore.
3,100 Black-tailed Godwit (15 colour-ringed and 179 juveniles) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Hen Harrier which flushed 40 Snipe, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 17
2 Greenland Wheatear - Bird Rock, Red Rocks.

Aug 16
9 Greenshank, 30 Ringed Plover, 220 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Yellow-legged Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
29 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Little Egret, 4500 Redshank, 2000 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, also 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat at the Sewage Wks -  Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret and 20 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 15
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Wheatear on wall near Burton Point, also 1 Green Woodpecker in area.

Aug 14
3,300 Black-tailed Godwits (103 juvs), also 18 Mandarin duck - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and at least 44 Little Egrets, also 3 juv Yellow Wagtail around the boats near Sheldrakes Restaurant - Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The August Newsletter includes:

The Wetland Bird Survey 2015/16, Colour Ring Report and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Spotted Flycatcher at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 20th Carole Killikelly

Juvenile Water Rail at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 15th Ian Fleming

Juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy, August 17th Richard Smith

Cattle Egret with Little Egret and Redshanks, Connah's Quay Reserve, August 13th
Julie Rogers

Nuthatch at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 13th Roy Lowry

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."