In pictures: Hundreds of kittiwakes set up home as they return to Newcastle Quayside

The kittiwakes are again and in good voice.

In summer season months their calls could be heard throughout Newcastle Quayside and are widespread with residents and guests alike.

Wintering at sea, these small gulls return each spring to the Quayside to nest.

Competition for house is intense, with each out there ledge getting used as a nesting spot.

In 2017, 2,500 kittiwakes had been recorded nesting alongside the Tyne, 1,300 of which had been nesting on the Tyne Bridge.

The birds have been coming for the reason that Sixties and whereas their annual arrival isn’t greeted with common enthusiasm, they are very fashionable with guests.

Kittiwakes feed solely at sea and in contrast to different gulls they should not doubtless to swoop down and pinch your sandwich.

The Tyne kittiwakes are doing properly however in different UK colonies numbers are falling, catastrophically in some instances.

The kittiwake has been classed as crimson listed, making it a weak species.



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