A Day On The Dee Estuary Delivers Quality And Quantity 11 September 2019

Spoonbills Cley 5

Spoonbills were just one of the many highlights of our visit to the Dee Estuary.

A wet start in the Conwy Valley but we had planned a day on the Dee Estuary and luckily the weather was fine and sunny over there. We visited both the English and Welsh sides of this huge estuary including RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Burton Marsh, Parkgate Marsh and Flint Castle. The birding was great and we again enjoyed good raptor sightings with at least five Marsh Harriers and super breath-taking views of hunting Peregrines. Spoonbills and Great white Egrets were enjoyed too and we even saw Spoonbills awake moving about and even flying, so often they are asleep. Waders were of course a feature and we had super views of many species and huge flocks of them! Plenty of wildfowl too and nice to see returning Pintail on the estuary. We had a lovely lunch overlooking the marshes at Parkgate where we saw Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbills and Great white Egret from our table!

Back at the Princes Arms, in the now sunny Conwy Valley we finished off with a lovely Spotted Flycatcher by the Conwy River, a scarce bird in North Wales.

Some of the highlights today included - 9 Spoonbills, 4 Great white Egrets, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot, Common Snipe, Greenshank, 5 March Harrier, 3 Peregrines, Pintail, Stock Dove, Kingfisher and much, much more!

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