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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 The Altcar Red Knot Project.

  Latest Sightings....
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Nov 20
2 Great White Egret on outer marsh, also 200-300 Brent Geese which flew up from a gutter before returning - unusual this far into the estuary - off Decca Pools.

Nov 19
1 Rock Pipit on wall, also 3 Goosander, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 40 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
9,650 Knot - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Great Northern Diver (off north end before flying north, 2 Goosander and 10 Redwing - Hilbre.

Nov 18
2 Snow Bunting - Gronant.
1 Shag (juv), 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 20 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
7,800 Knot - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Bittern and 6 Marsh Harrier flew into Neston Reedbed at dusk.
300 Brent Geese, 450 Sanderling, 140 Redshank, 1 Peregrine, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (1 grey male), 2 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl and several Marsh Harriers - Parkgate.

Nov 17
25 Brent Geese early morning, also 1 juv Shag and 2 Red-breasted Merganser -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bittern flew into Neston Reedbed at dusk.

Nov 16
1 Snow Bunting - Gronant.
27 Brent Geese -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Avocet - Oakenholt Marsh.
2 grey male Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Bittern flew into Neston Reedbed at dusk, also 1 grey male Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 2 Merlin and 3 Kestrel this afternoon.
 

The November Newsletter includes:
The Altcar Red Knot Project,
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.


Rock Pipit on West Kirby Marine Lake wall, November 20th Harry Davies



Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, November 18th Ryan Williams



Shag on West Kirby Marine Lake, November 18th Steve Williams



Brent Goose on West Kirby Marine Lake, November 17th



Male Hen Harrier, Heswall Marsh, November 11th Frank Burns



Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, November 10th Charlie Lowe


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."