Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

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Akzo Nobel – Tyne Kittiwakes – July 2021

After short walk from St Peter’s Marina, I could easily view Akzo Nobel in Felling, which is on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne. Here lives the third largest colony of Kittiwakes along the Tyne. Over 200 pairs nest on the buildings at Azko Nobel in the present day. A single Common Tern was diving close to the boats nearby at Friars Goose. There must have been some tasty fish as it spent quite a lot of time in the same area, close to where the boats were anchored.

I could hear the chorus of the Kittiwakes throughout the riversides of Walker Riverside Park and the Gateshead side of the river. They were joined by Warblers and Blackbirds singing from nearby trees. So relaxing and quiet.  An another example of an oasis in an urban jungle.  Here the Kittiwakes nest so peacefully and are surrounded by their feathered friends that also live and visit this important riverside habitat.  I still dream that one day we may see some artificial cliffs built nearby.   This would be so amazing and  certainly would help support our red-listed species of birds.

Paul Buskin