Bird watching - waders
and birds of prey.
There are a number of reserves and seasonal hot
spots around the Dee including:
Thurstaston Country Park and
coastline: Autumn is a good time to spot Fieldfares and Redwing which are attracted
by berried bushes. Look across nearby fields for flocks of Curlew, Lapwing and
Oystercatchers. The shoreline is a great place to see Knot, Dunlin Shelduck and
Parkgate: Visit Parkgate at high tide - if you're
lucky, you may see Pintail, Wigeon, Water Rails and Teal as well as waders. Also
look out for owls and other raptors. Gayton Sands RSPB reserve at Parkgate is
a good place to view a variety of birds including Greenshanks and Little Egrets.
Warning - do not walk on the saltmarsh because the tides can be dangerous.
Kirby: Take a trip to the West Kirby shoreline near Marine Lake and Red Rocks
at high tide for thousands of waders.
Caldy: Caldy Blacks is a
mussel bed which attracts significant numbers of waders.
There are stunning views of the estuary and its birds from Flint Castle and the
surrounding coast. Flint marsh, which lies south of the castle, is a good place
for high tide waders including Black-tailed Godwits, Shelduck, Teal and Grey Plover.
and Point of Ayr: Roosting waders in the fields at Talacre. The Point of Ayr is
well known location for wading birds. Autumn is a good time to see Black and Bar-tailed
Godwits from the RSPB hide. Further out to sea, look out for sea birds and ducks.
Greenfield: This is a good place to watch Great-crested Grebes in the
RSPB reserves at Point of Ayr and Gayton.