A couple of Kittiwakes from one of our great supporters that covers the ‘Gateshead Staiths’ part of the river Tyne. Rev David Atkinson, shares his own sightings from that part of the river on his twitter account.
David is a great supporter of ‘Kittiwakes upon the Tyne’.
According to the Book The Birds of Gateshead, Bowey,Rutherford & Westerberg 1993 there was a colony at Dunston in the 1970s. On the 18th July 1972 the count was 30+ with just 17 on the Baltic. However by early 1980s the site had been lost due to demolition work.
It is nice to see the Kittiwakes reach as far as the Gateshead Staiths. We will be exploring this area more this season. Watch out for more highlights from David and Gateshead Staiths this season. We will showcase some of the highlights here.