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)
1 Brambling - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
13 Waxwing by Wirral Way at Heswall Golf Club, 3.45pm.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
5+ Bewick's Swan - Shotwick Fields.
1,600+ Black-tailed Godwit, 520 Pintail and 340 Teal - Thurstaston shore.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Kingfisher, large numbers of Wigeon - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Goosander (fem) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
10+ Marsh Harrier coming into roost in the reed beds Neston/Parkgate, also 3 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail and 1 male).
370 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.
230 Skylark flew west over Riverbank Road, Heswall, over a period of an hour at first light.
1 Snow Bunting, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Scaup - Hilbre.
2 Goosander (fem) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
1 Goosander and 8 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
600 Pintail, 360 Teal, 192 Golden Plover, 970 Lapwing, 3000 Knot, 4000 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 2330 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston shore on rising tide.
2 Short-eared Owl and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Denhall Quay (in front of Harp Inn).
1,750 Black-tailed Godwit, 5,000 Knot and 4,000 Dunlin - Thurstaston shore on rising tide.
1 Water Rail heard - Red Rocks Marsh.
1 Goosander and 5 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
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