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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 Website describes the best Dee Estuary birdwatching areas with detailed maps and latest bird news for dedicated twitchers and casual birdwatchers alike.

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January Newsletter now published on this website featuring Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens, Colour Ring Report and December Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

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NOTE: Most of you know the problems we have had recently with people encroaching onto  the marsh at Denhall Quay (Neston Marsh) in order to photograph the Short-eared Owls, causing much disturbance and driving the birds away. I would highly recommend to read Dan Trotman's article which has just been published on the RSPB website called 'Denhall Quay: What's owl the fuss about?'. https://community.rspb.org.uk/placestovisit/deeestuary/b/deeestuary-blog/posts/denhall-quay-what-s-owl-the-fuss-about

Jan 25
1 Goldeneye (male) and 10 Goosander on West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 24
10,000+ Knot which left when a Peregrine came and they all flew towards Hoylake - Meols Shore.
5 Snow Bunting in sand dunes by Derby Pool - Wallasey Shore.
10 Goosander and 2 Brent Geese on West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 23
120 Sanderling, 500 Grey Plover, 7,000 Dunlin and 11,000 Knot at high tide (all estimates as distant), also 1 Snow Bunting - Hoylake.
3 Beiwck's Swan and 1 Whooper Swan - Shotwick Fields (also seen from Border hide at Burton Mere Wetlands).
Single Marsh Harriers recorded at both Burton Mere Wetlands and Burton Marsh.
21 Red-breasted Merganser, 4,740 Dunlin and 5,260 Oystercatcher over high tide - Heswall Shore.
3 Hen Harrier (2 grey males) - Parkgate.
1 Snow Bunting - Point of Ayr.

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Bewick's Swan at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 24th Peter Sutton


Goosander on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 24th Mark Woodhead


Strangely plumaged Redwing near Target Road, Heswall, January 22nd Steve Hinde


Pale-bellied Brent Geese quite happily feeding withing a metre of Thurstaston Beach, January 18th Richard Smith


Great Egret over Thurstaston Shore, January 17th Matt Thomas


Snow Bunting at Hoylake, January 17th Steve Round
https://www.stevenround-birdphotography.co.uk/


Whooper Swan at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 16th Andrew Ingham


Snow Bunting on Wallasey Shore, January 14th Bill Dickinson


Knot flock at Thurstaston, January 13th Richard Smith


Barn Owl at Parkgate, January 9th Ryan Williams


Bewick's Swan family with a Whooper Swan, Shotwick Fields, January 8th Paul Ralston


Peregrine causing mayhem at Hoylake, January 6th Peter Sutton


Great Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 6th Bill Wonderley


Siskin at Burton Mere Wetlands, January 5th Les Hall


Yellowhammer near Thornton Hough, January 5th Chris Wilding


Snow Bunting at Hoylake, January 4th Les Hall


Snow Bunting by Derby Pool, Wallasey, January 3rd Richard Steel


Tufted Ducks in Greenfield Valley, January 3rd Alan Oates


Great Egret at Parkgate, January 1st Richard Jones


Purple Sandpiper on Hilbre, December 31st Alan Hitchmough


Great Egret at Parkgate, December 28th Frank Burns


Short-eared Owl at Denhall Quay, December 23rd Peter Morris


Waders on ebbing tide, Meols, December 23rd Les Hall


Snow Bunting at Little Eye, December 23rd Matt Thomas


Green Woodpecker at Burton Mere Wetlands, December 18th Bill Wonderley


Snow Bunting at Leasowe, December 17th Danny Carmichael


Little Egret at Thurstaston, December 17th Richard Smith


Short-eared Owl from Denhall Quay, December 15th Steve Morris


Knots over Thurstaston Shore, December 15th Richard Smith


Goosander on West Kirby Marine Lake, December 15th Steve Round
https://www.stevenround-birdphotography.co.uk/


Short-eared Owl at Neston, December 15th Frank Burns


Snow Buntings on Wallasey Shore, December 14th Sue Marsh


Short-eared Owls seen off Denhall Quay, December 9th Mark Woodhead


Snow Bunting at Red rocks, December 9th David Bradshaw


Hen Harrier over Heswall Marsh, December 5th Richard Smyth


Purple Sandpiper at New Brighton Marine Lake, December 4th Graham Parry


Hen Harrier at Parkgate, December 2nd Mark Woodhead


Short-eared Owl off Denhall Quay, December 2nd Jeff Cohen


Knots at Thurstaston, November 29th Richard Smith


Goosander flock on West Kirby Marine Lake, November 28th Les Hall


Fieldfare in Deeside Industrial Estate, November 28th Jeff Cohen


One of many Redwings in field behind Parkgate Old Baths, November 27th Carole Killikelly


Snow Buntings at Red Rocks, November 25th Sean O'Hara


Greenhank at Thurstaston, November 25th Richard Smith


Redshank at West Kirby Marine Lake, November 23rd Chris Wilding


Male Hen Harrier off Heswall, November 21st Frank Burns


Great Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, November 21st Steve Round
https://www.stevenround-birdphotography.co.uk/


Goosanders on West Kirby Marine Lake, November 21st Alan Hitchmough


Raven with prey on Hoylake shore, November 20th Richard Smith


Short-eared Owl over Neston Marsh, November 18th Jeff Cohen


Shelducks at Meols, November 18th Richard Smith


Knots having a good bathing and preening session in the sun at Thurstaston
November 14th Richard Smith


Stonechat at Leasowe Lighthouse, November 14th Graham Connolly


Pink-footed Geese over Thurstaston, November 11th Richard Smith


Rock Pipit on sea defence, Hoylake, November 10th Allan Conlin


Brent Geese on Hilbre (dark-bellied on right), November 10th Matt Thomas


Brambling at Point of Ayr, November 8th Dan Gorton


Cattle Egret at Meols, November 6th Steve Williams.


Barn Owl at Parkgate, November 4th Steve Round
https://www.stevenround-birdphotography.co.uk/


Snow Bunting at Meols November 2nd - Left Graham Connolly, Right David Bradshaw



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