Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

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Tyne Kittiwakes – Tynemouth

On the 1st April 2021

“This is a great location to watch the Kittiwakes in their natural habitat”.

When we visited the cliffs at Tynemouth last week, we didn’t find any Kittiwakes, however when we visited yesterday; over a HUNDRED were in the area. Most were opposite their usual nesting site sitting on the sea in a large group. 30-35 were on the cliffs, getting cosy with their partners.

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The colony can be found at ‘Tynemouth Haven’.

Tynemouth Haven is a great location to relax for a few hours. Dozens of coastal species of bird can easily be seen. There is a nearby free car park and local cafes in Tynemouth Village which is a short walk away. During the spring/summer months Sand Martins and Fulmars are also present. Some years Black Redstarts can be found if you are very lucky during the winter months.

If you look more closely at the two photos above, you can see this is the same  ‘Kittiwake Triangle’ formation we noted last year.  Kittiwakes often return to nest in exactly the same place.  They spend months hundreds of miles away far out at sea, then return to find their ‘spot’ again to breed. Amazing they remember.