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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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January Newsletter now published on this website featuring Marsh Harriers on the Dee Estuary.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Jan 16
1,660 Pink-footed Geese flew inland from roost at first light - Heswall Shore.
1 Yellow-legged Gull in field next to Pump Lane, Greasby.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Kerr's Field, Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Goosander (fem) on Gilroy duck pond, West Kirby.

Jan 15
1 Glaucous Gull in the river channel just south of Flint.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Denhall Quay.

Jan 14
3 Hen Harrier (1 male) came into roost, also 6+ Marsh Harrier, 2 Great White Egret and pair Stonechat - Parkgate.

Jan 13
1135 Lapwing, 72 Golden Plover, 2500 Oystercatcher, 13000 Knot, 800 Dunlin, 940 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 360 Bar-tailed Godwit, 230 Black-tailed Godwit, 660 Curlew - Heswall Shore at high tide.
Report of 1 Red Kite by A540 heading towards Caldy cross-roads, West Kirby.
6 Eider and 6 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
4 Marsh Harrier in air towards Neston, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 2 Great White Egret - Parkgate.

Jan 12
6 Eider and 4 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Great White Egret flying to roost - Neston Old Quay.
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese - Warren Farm, Talacre.
1 Glaucous Gull (juv) flew up river - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jan 11
6 Eider, 205 Bar-tailed Godwit over flying N and 417 Cormorant - Hilbre.
6 Bewick's Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (male) and 4 Short-eared Owl - Neston Marsh.

Jan 10
7 Bewick's Swan and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
4 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Short-eared Owl - Neston Marsh.

The January Newsletter includes:
Marsh Harriers on the Dee Estuary, 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.


Bar-tailed Godwit in the wader roost at West Kirby Marine Lake, January 14th Paul Ralston

Goldeneye on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 12th Les Hall

Whitefronted Geese at Warren Farm, January 8th Roy Dodgson

Little Grebes on Donkey Stand Flash, January 7th Roy Lowry

Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, January 7th Mark Woodhead

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."