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.(more)
1 Whinchat by western kissing gate and Redstart (fem) by Park Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
16 Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Teal, 340 Shelduck, 140 Cormorant, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 175 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Raven - Heswall Shore before high tide.
1 Merlin (male), seen on the ground off Heswall Golf Course.
700+ Wood Pigeon on newly sown field by Dungeon Bridge, Thurstaston.
4 Surf Scoter (2 drakes 2 fems) - Hoylake Shore.
3 Velvet Scoter, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Redstart (see photo below) - highlight from Hilbre, see details
6 Wheatear, 1 Redstart and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Redstart (fem) in Meols garden.
1 Tree Sparrow by Dungeon bridge, also 3 Wheatear, 20 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Heswall Fields/Wirral Way.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, c15 Knot, 1 Swift (first of spring!) and 62 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3-4 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Redstart, 7 Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks.
1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
3 Sandwich Tern and 2 Surf Scoter (drakes)- Hoylake Shore, still loads of Common Scoters out there.
2 Common Tern and 4 Sandwich Tern, a steady northbound trickle of migrants passing through - New Brighton.
1 Spotted Redshank on groyne - Meols Shore.
7 White Wagtail in fields by Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Whinchat and 1 Redstart - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
The April Newsletter includes:
Species Spotlight - the Cormorant, Colour Ring Report, new Hilbre Video and
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.