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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 Web site 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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November Newsletter now published on this website featuring a review of 'Rare and Scarce Birds of Cheshire and Wirral'.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Nov 17
1 (probably 2) Snow Bunting over Hoylake shore heading towards Hilbre after high tide.
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese - Warren Farm fields, Talacre.

Nov 16
1 grey male Hen Harrier and 1+ fem Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
520 Grey plover, 200+ Shelduck, 564 Curlew, 6,500 Dunlin, 9,000 Knot, 490 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Peregrine - between Hilbre, Little Eye and West Kirby Shore.

Nov 15
4 Ring-necked Parakeet over Hilbre College then landed in trees - West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) seen across the channel form Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1800 Shelduck, 1515 Cormorant flew N down the estuary, 1500 Dunlin, 6000 Knot, 800 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 725 Black-tailed Godwit, 650 Curlew - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) off Riverbank Road, Heswall.
4 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Partridge in field - Decca Pools, Burton MarDecca Pools, Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Denhall Quay.
11 Eider, 1 Peregrine and c300 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Nov 14
12+ Marsh Harrier flying into roost at Neston Old Quay late afternoon, also 2 Cattle Egret just inland of path, 2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail).
1 Kingfisher by Thurstaston Visitor Centre with 350 Pink-footed Geese over flying in from north.

The November Newsletter includes:

Review 'Rare and Scarce Birds of Cheshire and Wirral', Colour Ring Report and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Cattle Egrets near Neston Old Quay, November 14th Frank Burns

Hen Harrier at Denhall Quay, November 9th Jeff Cohen

Redwing at Parkgate, November 6th Roy Lowry

Siberian Chiffchaff by Leasowe Lighthouse, November 6th Eddie Williams

Grey Male Hen Harrier, Denhall Quay, November 6th Ryan Williams

Photographers - please note there is a wildlife photographers code of practice , also read Guidelines.
Please Maintain a safe working distance from all birds, particularly roosts, so as not to cause unnecessary disturbance.
"There is one hard and fast rule whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph."