Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

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Update – 4th April – Newcastle and Gateshead

On the 4th April 2021

Over 800 Kittiwakes have now returned to the River Tyne colonies. The Baltic Kittiwakes were largely all present today; whilst quite a few birds from the Tyne Bridge colony were resting on the river.  The Tyne Bridge was a lot quieter this afternoon.

“Quite a few Kittiwakes were out at sea feeding”

Lombard House and the Railway Bridge however were fully occupied, and the Kittiwakes were getting very cosy.  The Guildhall Clocktower also remains quiet at this time.

Kittiwakes settling down
on Lombard House,
Newcastle Quayside

Over the past couple of seasons approx two dozen Kittiwakes have settled down here; however only a portion has returned so far.

Kittiwakes pairing up on the Guildhall Clocktower

Kittiwakes resting high up on a roof of a Newcastle Quayside Hotel

A single Kittiwake sat on the old Church on the Gateshead side of the river a few weeks ago; whilst over the past week, no birds have been present. A single pair nested on the Gateshead Heritage Centre for the last two seasons and last year fledged one chick.

“First they arrive, then they pair up and get cosy…. then the nest building begins.  
There is still time for more Kittiwakes to arrive”.