Monday, 29 December 2014

Iceland comes to Tynemouth!

At the weekend we were up visiting relatives in Newcastle and on the Sunday morning me and my Dad decided to try and see the Iceland Gull which had taken up residence in the North Shields Fish Quay.

As soon as we arrived it only took about 5 minutes for the Iceland Gull to show which was very good news but sadly it was a little distant. We watched it distantly for about 10 minutes but thankfully! A birder came with some bread and threw it in the water and the Iceland Gull was straight down for it. We got superb views feeding right in front of us. A cracking bird! I think it has been aged as a second winter bird. It was a very nice bird to see plus to see it so close was even better. Also in the area there was a few Turnstone and a small group of Eiders.

Iceland Gull
Afterwards we had a little walk through a wood where we spotted a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Goldcrest also we had a little walk along the coast, on some rocks below some cliffs we spotted Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Turnstone and Redshank.


  1. Brilliant morning with some of the best shots I think you've taken.
    Brilliant effort Ellis.

  2. Great pics and a great blog post!

  3. I really like the colours of the water and the gull in those first pictures, but they are all great.