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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 Egrets Galore!

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Jan 23
1 Brambling - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Jan 22
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).

Jan 21
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.

Jan 20
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.

Jan 19
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.

Jan 18
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.

The January Newsletter includes:

Egrets Galore! and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Brambling at Gilroy, January 23rd Timothy Kinch

Waxwing by Heswall Golf Club, January 22nd David Thompson

Red-breasted Merganser on West Kirby Marine Lake, January 21st Richard Steel

Pink-footed Geese over Denhall Quay, January 20th Steve Round

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."