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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.

February Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Mysterious Pallas's Warbler.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Feb 12
1 Avocet - first of the year - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 11
36,000 Common Scoter flew west with many more on the sea, also 5 Velvet Scoter - Hoylake before high tide, see
3 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide.
1 Short-eared Owl - Cottage Lane (Gayton Marsh).
2 Water Pipit, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Peregrine - Neston Old Quay.

Feb 10
1 Surf Scoter (male) off Derby Pool, Wallasey shore at high tide, watched for 45 minutes in very good light.
5 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide, also 1 Water Pipit off Marine Drive.
1 Jack Snipe flushed by tide and 1 Short-eared Owl - West Kirby Marsh.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
1 Great Northern Diver and c500 Dunlin on the rocks - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier and 70+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Water Pipit in field by filter beds - Neston Old Quay.

The February Newsletter includes:

The Mysterious Pallas's Warbler, 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.

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.

Siskin in Irby, February 7th © Paul Mason.
Short-eared Owl over Heswall Marsh, February 9th © Frank Burns.
Little Gull at New Brighton, February 4th ©Nick Patel.