Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

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Are Kittiwakes more successful where ledges are smaller

Some photos from a previous season by Lophophanes; one of our front line volunteers and supporters. We will be posting more from Lophophanes and his sightings/photos this season.

On twitter we have been discussing

‘Are Kittiwakes more successful where they build their nests on smaller ledges?’

There are advantages here, as predators such as Crows and Lesser Black backed Gulls cannot land. This could be particularly useful for any artificial structures.

ie the Kittiwake Tower in Gateshead at this time is being visited by a flock of 50+ Carrion Crows that have been landing on the structure over the past week.

“Ledges on Guildhall only around 4 cm deep, no way a crow can land on them to grab eggs or chicks, so nests there highly successful. Pics from 2017 before it was netted.”     Lophophanes