Kittiwakes on a ledge

Kittiwakes at the Baltic Flour Mill, Newcastle

It’s great to go to Newcastle. I never get bored with walking around and taking in the atmosphere and that wonderful accent of the people you meet. Arriving on the train from Seaton and coming into Toon, you can’t help but know where you are from the iconic buildings and bridges. The architecture has a certain Newcastle stamp to it and I like that.

Of course the Baltic Flour Mill isn’t in Newcastle but it lies short walk across the millenium bridge in Gateshead. This Mill building has stood on the same site since the 1930s when it was built by the Rank (later associated with Hovis) company, but now it stands as a beacon of contemporary art.

And it’s also home to nesting kittiwakes, as you can see from the photo. I wasn’t aware of this and it was a lovely surprise to see these pretty birds settling down. Although it was fun to see one or two birds circling around and around only to come in to land on the ledge, bullying some other birds off their position. Not sure if this was a fight for territory or just a bit of fun by the birds.

 

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