Kittiwakes

Kittiwakes - Gulls
The Kittiwake is a gentle looking, medium sized gull with a small yellow bill and a dark eye. It has a grey back and is white underneath. Its legs are short and black. In flight the black wing-tips show no white, unlike other gulls, and look as if they have been “dipped in ink”. The population is declining in some areas, perhaps due to a shortage of sand eels.

Kittiwakes are strictly coastal gulls. In the breeding season, they can be found on rocky, steep sea-cliffs at the major seabird colonies around the UK from February until August.

From August to October they can be seen flying past offshore and they spend the winter months out at sea.

Date: 12th June 2014

Location: Staple Island, Farne Islands, Northumberland

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