Hopefully this is the right place to ask this.I've been trying to find the best time (or tide height) to birdwatch at my local estuary. I've gone in the morning (between 6 and 9 am) at both low and high tide. From what I've read elsewhere it seems like high tide is the time to go, but I've personally found that there's less than a 1/4 of birds present than there are at low tide. I think the water comes so far in here that there's not enough space to feed and rest so they go elsewhere?
Does anybody have any advice for a good time to go?
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Depends where your view point is. Depends on the estuary too. Some places, if the tide is out, you can't see the sea, let alone birds.
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In reply to Arik:
Arik said:Hi seymouraves, it's Dee Estuary/River Dee in Flint, facing East. There's an open stretch of field further up so I'll have a wander up there and see. I'll look through the Birding Tips section too - thanks for the advice!
That's Burton Mere area, they're on the north side of the estuary.
As with the others, around low tide is usually the best time, but other factors will come in to play, weather and sea conditions. If you go to a reserve with lagoons then high tide is probably better, because the birds are pushed to the nearest food source, the reserves lagoon.
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