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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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December Newsletter now published on this website featuring "Pallid Harrier - first for Cheshire".

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Dec 11
7,500 Knot - Thurstaston Shore.
14+ Marsh Harrier going to roost in reed bed, also 2 Merlin,  1 grey male Hen Harrier and 2 Short-eared Owl - Neston Old Quay.
5 Eider, 40 Common Scoter and 248 Brent Geese highlights from Hilbre, for more details and photos including a great photo of snowy Snowdonia see the Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.

Dec 10
1 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.  
2 Whooper Swan over West Kirby Marine Lake heading towards Little Eye.
1 Goosander, 5 Eider and c280 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
1 Brambling - Burton Village.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (grey male) and 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier and 4 Kestrel - Denhall Quay.
700 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.

Dec 9
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.  
1 Bittern flushed by a Marsh Harrier this morning - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Water Pipit and 4 Chiffchaff - Neston Old Quay, by sewage works.
8 Whooper flew south over Burton Marsh.

Dec 8
12 Purple Sandpiper, 80 Dunlin, 210 Turnstone and 900 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon.
1 Velvet Scoter flew past - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail), 1 Merlin and 3 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.

The December Newsletter includes:

Pallid Harrier - first for Cheshire, 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.

Water Pipit by Neston Old Quay, December 9th Tim Kinch

A wintry scene on Burton Marsh, December 10th Elliot Montieth

Hen Harrier off Denhall Quay, December 8th Ryan Williams

Twite at Flint Castle, December 7th Jeff Cohen (note colour rings on right hand bird)

Some of the thousands of Knots feeding on Caldy Blacks, December 1st Richard Smith

Snow Buntings at Leasowe Bay, November 29th Les Hall

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."