Thursday, 11 June 2009

Tyne Kittiwakes

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Kittiwakes are a species of gull which normally nest on high cliffs above the sea. They spend most of their lives out at sea, but every Spring a large number of kittiwakes arrive in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne and build nests high up on the Tyne Bridge and surrounding buildings. The Tyne Bridge is believed to be home to the most inland breeding site of Kittiwakes in the world, and one of the few urban breeding sites in the world. The towers of the Tyne Bridge provide a perfect substitute for cliffs for these city-dwelling kittiwakes. Some of the birds born in nests on the Tyne Bridge last year will have wandered as far away as Canada and Greenland during the winter. This pictures shows some kittiwakes who are currently nesting on the Guildhall which is adjacent to the bridge.
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1 comment:

  1. Howdy from Brookville, Ohio amid the cornfields and fencerows of farms that once echoed with the sounds of cows, and horses and chickens and sheep, but are now strangely devoid of farm animals in favor of corn, soybeans and allotments from the government for not planting crops.

    Your photograph makes it look like the kittiwakes are satisfied with the ledges on high buildings and that they suit them just fine. Interesting post and nice photography.

    Abe Lincoln
    Brookville, Ohio

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