Kittiwake Ringing

Since 2003 NRG members have ringed Kittiwakes at the purpose built Kittiwake Tower at Saltmeadows beside the River Tyne in Gateshead.  Every Summer, Kittiwake chicks and adults are ringed and measured at the tower with the kind cooperation of Gateshead Council.


Recent ringing totals

Year Pulli Alive Pulli Ringed Adults Ringed Adults recovered
2006 121 77 25 8
2007 136 72 0 7
2008 54 53 7 6
2009 115 111 32 9
2010 79 65 7 3
2011 76 70 9 16
2012 107 105 3 3

Kittiwake tour by Ian Fisher   Adult kittiwake by Ian Fisher

Notable Recoveries

  • EW21329 Ringed at the tower as a pullus in July 2006. Recorded breeding in Boulogne, France Summer 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • EK20186 Ringed at Baltic Flour Mill Gateshead as a pullus 01/07/1996. Recorded breeding at the tower in the Summer of 2003/2009/2011.
  • EK03689 Ringed at Baltic Flour Mill 22/6/1991 breeding at the tower 2004/2006 and 2007.

More information about the tower can be found here at the Gateshead Council website.

Kittiwake tower by ian Fisher   Kittiwake being ringed by Ian Fisher

All images by Ian Fisher.

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