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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 29
c40 Twite, 11 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Goldeneye - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 11 Whooper Swan (incl 3 juv) and 1 Merlin - Burton Point.
2 Cetti's Warbler (confirmed), 5 Brambling, 12 Siskin, 15 Mistle Thrush and 2 Redpoll on visible migration, 20 Pink-footed Geese headed out of estuary at first light and 1 Raven flew out of the sand dunes - highlights from Red Rocks early morning.
795 Pink-footed Geese flew in in several flocks from the east/north-east over Thurstaston Hill then towards Parkgate this morning.
82 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 260 Woodpigeon (over going south) - Heswall Shore this morning, and 2 Greenshank and 1 Spotted Redshank this afternoon.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.

Oct 28
1 Siberian Chiffchaff (headed towards West Kirby), 1,880 Chaffinch, 14 Brambling, 24 Siskin, 4 Grey wag, 13 Mistle Thrush and 5 Fieldfare over, also 1 Cetti's Warbler (possibly 2) - Red Rocks early morning.
1 Greenland Wheatear - Meols Common with 1 Greenshank on the groyne.
1 Kingfisher along River Birkett,  200 Common Scoter and 100 Great-crested Grebe on the sea, other highlights included c40 Blackbirds in coastal trees, 6+ Grey Wagtail, 300 Starling, 200 Chaffinch and 2 Bullfinch on visible migration - Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) off Burton Point.
c12 (6 pairs) Stonechat - Burton Marsh.
65 Pink-footed Geese, 78 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 74 Golden Plover, 2,200 Redshank, 200 Linnet - Heswall Shore this morning, visible migration overhead included: 69 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 395 Starling, 170 Chaffinch, 30 Greenfinch and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

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.

MDunlin at Flint Castle, Oct 24th Jeff Cohen.
Merlin at Burton Mere Wetlands, October 26th Jeff Cohen.
Stonechat on Burton Marsh, Oct 28th Andy Davis.