Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

Home Tyne Kittiwake Diary An exercise walk along Newcastle Quayside

An exercise walk along Newcastle Quayside

On the 21st February 202

An exercise walk Newcastle Quayside……

During my walk along the quaysides, I was not lucky to find any Kittiwakes. Four had been seen earlier this morning however by Simon P. There were about half a dozen B-h Gulls and a couple of Herring. A single Cormorant was swimming in the Tyne.
A quick glance at Phoenix house and the new anti-bird gel seems secure. There are still some areas where the gel does not cover however. Also the nearby building where gel has worked for the last few years, showed signs, the gel was past its sell by date; looking very old. It is possible the displaced Kittiwakes may nest there instead. A pair did nest a couple of years ago on the side of this building.
The Clocktower on the Guildhall remains clear of any anti-bird deterrents, which is wonderful news. This is an amazing location to watch the Tyne Kittiwakes and I cannot wait for their return, so I can watch them nesting on the clocktower.  It is possible the displaced Kittiwakes may choose a new building. I will be checking on them again during the week and hopefully by next weekend, the Kittiwakes will be starting to arrive and claim their nesting sites.
Paul Buskin