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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 19
1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private sea-front garden at lunch time which flew east and seen again later in afternoon - Hoylake, 4 Puffin among 1,600 auks out to sea.
1 late Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 68 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail and 1 Grey Male) came into roost at Parkgate Old Baths this evening.

Oct 18
1 Swift - New Brighton, very late record but by no means the latest ever for Cheshire and Wirral (in 1996 we had one on Nov 3rd!).
1 Marsh Harrier (prob female) - Parkgate Marsh.

Oct 17
Good visible migration at Red Rocks from 7.20am to 10.20am included  91 Magpie, 475 Starling, 695 Chaffinch, 1 Hawfinch and 3 Twite, also 8 Warer Rail, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 4 Stonechat.
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank from Reception hide, 1,333 Teal, 373 Pintail and 48 Shovelor from IMF hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
40 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 17 Fieldfare and 18 Redwing, 1 Kingfisherand 4 Grey Wagtail along the River Birkett - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.

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.

Moulting Grey Plover, Hoylake shore, Oct 9th Charles Farnell.
Peregrine with prey, Burton Mere Wetlands, October 12th Andy Davis.
Wheatear at Red Rocks, Oct 2nd David Wilson.