HOLY­HEAD HAR­BOUR

A busy har­bour with an ex­cel­lent range of birds to see

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - DAVID SAUN­DERS

CON­STRUCTED IN THREE stages be­tween 1847 and 1873, the long­est break­wa­ter in Great Bri­tain pro­vides a large, shel­tered wa­ter with ter­mi­nals and docks, used by the ferry ser­vices to Dun Laoghaire and Dublin in the Ir­ish Re­pub­lic. The re­mains of the Caer Gybi fort here, and the nearby medieval church of St Cybi, pro­vide an ideal habi­tat in au­tumn and early win­ter for the oc­ca­sional Black Red­start (pic­tured right). The im­pres­sive range of scarce mi­grants recorded in­cludes Hoopoe, Wry­neck, Is­abelline and Red-backed Shrike, Firecrest, Barred, Dusky, Yel­low-browed and Hume’s War­blers, Rose­c­oloured Star­ling, La­p­land and Or­tolan Bunt­ings. Dur­ing your visit, head for the now roof­less for­mer brick­shed in the coun­try park, for re­pro­duc­tions of Charles Tun­ni­cliffe’s bird paint­ings.

Red-breasted Mer­ganser

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