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Waders, wildfowl and raptors galore! Guided Birdwatching on the Dee Estuary - 1 Day

Waders, wildfowl and raptors galore! Guided Birdwatching on the Dee Estuary
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Come and join us for exciting birding any time of year on our Day out on the Dee! We explore a range of habitats and locations on the Welsh and English side of this huge estuary, visiting wide open marshes, saltmarsh and freshwater lagoons and some areas of damp woodland too. This gives us an excellent chance of encountering some scarce raptors along with huge numbers of wildfowl and waders which will be on their wintering grounds. Expect to see a lot of birds!

Day 1
Full Day Trip

Dee Estuary from the Welsh side of the river. A lovely coastal footpath starts beside the castle ruins and runs along the riverbank. Back in the car, we briefly cross the border back into England to visit the exciting reserve of RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands which straddles the Welsh:English border.

The freshwater lagoons here teem with wildlife and we enjoy excellent views from the hides. Birds here may include Avocets, Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Mediterranean Gull and many more. After taking advantage of the tea and coffee facilities here, we drive down to nearby Burton Marsh, an immense area of saltmarsh and shallow scrapes. We walk along the footpath here and scan over the marsh looking for more waders and raptors too. Kestrels hover motionless looking for prey while Marsh Harriers will be taking a more active approach, hawking over the tussocky grasses and pools in the hope of flushing out prey. We look out for Stonechats and Reed Buntings sitting up and singing from a vantage point, and keen eyes pick out Stock Doves flying over the marsh.

We stop for a tasty lunch at a nearby café and return to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands reserve in the afternoon. With the sun now in a different direction, we follow the trails out onto the reserve and visit several hides and viewing screens. A sudden movement in the reeds gives away Bearded Tit, always a thrill to see while a Cetti’s Warbler’s vibrant song explodes from within a dense bush. Strange noises emanate from the tall trees as we pass: here is a busy heronry where Little Egrets and Grey Herons are breeding, Reaching the furthest hide, we scan the lagoons and soak up the superb views of the birds here. Spoonbills snooze in the sunshine, and we will them to wake up and reveal their bizarre kitchen utensil-shaped bills, Lapwings glow in the sunshine and Sand Martins swoop low over the lagoon for insects. We take a walk up to the lookout and from this vantage point the vast extent of the marshes of the Dee Estuary is revealed. Previously hidden pools are now on view, and there is a long-necked Great White Egret stalking imperiously through the reeds, always a thrill to see.

It’s hard to tear ourselves away from this busy reserve at the end of the day, but we say goodbye to Burton late afternoon and head back to RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve by 5pm when the reserve closes.

Little Owl, Common Swift, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Wheatear, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Bearded Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Water Rail, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern, Stock Dove, Little Owl, Common Swift, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand Martin, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Bearded Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Pintail, Garganey, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Hobby, Peregrine, Water Rail, Avocet, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Little Owl, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Wheatear, Fieldfare, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Brambling, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Woodpecker, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Fieldfare, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Brambling, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting

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