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.(more)
5 Velvet Scoter and c20,000 Common Scoter off Hoylake before high tide.
3 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide.
1 Short-eared Owl - Cottage Lane (Gayton Marsh).
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.
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 Rail in field by filter beds - Neston Old Quay.
5 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), and 1 Merlin - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide.
11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 340 Turnstone, 280 Redshank and 150 Dunlin on the pontoon at New Brighton Marine Lake at high tide.
1 Barn Owl being mobbed by Magpies and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands, late afternoon.
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