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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 22
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.
4 Wheatear in ploughed field next to Heswall Fields NT.
1 Wheatear, c100 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Stonechat, 1 Little Owl heard calling down Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 21
2 Great White Egret seen displaying off Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret (in trees by mere), 1 Little Gull (1st year) and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
30+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) flying north at 1pm - Gilroy, West Kirby.
c300 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Mar 20
1 Little Gull (1st year) and 3 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Mar 19
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
1 Little Gull (1st year) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Whitethroat *first of spring* about three weeks earlier than last year!! heard singing along Wirral Way by Gayton.
1 Treecreeper along Park Lane - Meols.
1 Willow Warbler singing in Bidston.
An escaped Red-tailed Hawk is still in the West Kirby area and has been for at least three years, I've put it in here as people are misidentifying it as Osprey/Red Kite/Buzzard. Over the past week or so it has been hanging around the Morrisons and Barclay Bank area - I think it's probably predating the feral pigeons.

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.

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

Chiffchaff at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 15th Roy Wilson

Red Kite over Burton Mere Wetlands, March 15th Roy Lowry

Wheatear by Leasowe Lighthouse, March 14th 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."