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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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March Newsletter now published on this website featuring Highlights March 2016 to February 2017.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Mar 27
1 House Martin *first of spring* and 2 Sandwich Tern *first of spring*, also 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow  - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wheatear, 1 Merlin, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Stonechat - Burton Marsh.
1 drake Garganey on fenced off bit of River Birkett behind West Kirby Tip, bit difficult to get to!

Mar 26
2 Wheatear and Greenshank on groyne - Meols Common.
1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Wheatear, 1 Raven and 100+ Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 11 Wigeon, 12 Golden Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 600 Knot, 2650 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 570 Curlew, 1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
1 Drake Garganey, 1  Little Gull (1st winter), 1  Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Chiffchaff in song along Wirral Way between Heswall and Parkgate.

Mar 25
31 Little Gull, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat and small fall of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs - Hilbre.
1 Glaucous Gull on sea off Leasowe Lighthouse just before 11am.
5 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow over Gilroy, West Kirby.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Little Gull (1st year) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Rail in full view on Meols Shore this morning.

Mar 24
11 Little Gull flying east - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat by sheep pens - Burton Point.
7,000 Pink-footed Geese all in flight for a few minutes - Neston Marsh.
1 Willow Warbler in song - Frankby Cemetry.
2 Wheatear in field and 2 Sand Martin over - Newton, West Kirby.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
2 Short-eared Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 drake Goosander in Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column road) this afternoon but briefly - West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Great White Egret and 20 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Little Gull (1st year), 71 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The March Newsletter includes:

Highlights March 2016 to February 2017, 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.

Stonechat by Burton Point, March 27th Paul Lee

Water Rail on Meols Shore, March 25th Gordon Crapper

Short-eared Owl at Denhall Quay, March 24th Jan Cohen

Little Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 19th Elliot Montieth

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."