Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

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Update 29th May 2021 Guildhall – Newcastle Quayside

On the 29th May 2021

In the first of the updates from the bank holiday weekend, we share news of the drama unfolding on Newcastle Quayside on one of their favourite buildings. Our last update for this building, talked about two events. Firstly some of the adults were becoming trapped as they attempted to spend time where they nested last year. Secondly Kittiwakes were observed spending time on the avi-shock anti-bird deterrent above on the upper reaches of the building.

Well, Our Kittiwakes certainly are resourceful. Where one pair nested in 2019, and 3 pairs nested in 2020, for the 2021 season despite the introduction of those mighty fearsome and troublesome anti-bird spikes, there are now 5 nesting pairs of Kittiwakes. Kittiwakes have successfully nested on a building nearby for the past few years on top of anti-bird spikes and it is possible at least one of these pairs has moved over from their usual building. maybe to show the way and help the others out.

ALSO, a couple of pairs have built nests on the avi-shock high above.

“The Avi-shock on the Guildhall must not be turned on and hopefully they
will now not turn it on where these birds are now nesting”.