are a hardy gull which live most of their lives at sea - unlike many
other so-called "seagulls". The conditions where they live are often
harsh with gale force winds and snowstorms. They are one of the staple
species seen when offshore in the North Sea and have even started
breeding on platforms in both the UK and Norwegian sectors.
The species does not breed where I live in Øygarden outside
Bergen, Norway but it a regular species during seawatches at
Skogsøy and often turns up during boat trips.
For more about the occurrence of this speces at SKogsøy see this link.
Above and below: Kittiwakes in snowstorm, Åsgard B, April 2020
Moulting Kittiwake, Leman field, UK Sector, August 2021
Juvenile Kittwake, Øygarden, September 2008
First year Kittiwake, Øygarden, August 2010
Field, April 2007
Kittiwake with chicks photographed at Seahouses, Northumberland,
Kittiwake are (or were) rather common offshore and have started
breeding on a number of offshore installations in the North Sea.
One of the platforms they breed on is the Heidrun platform in the
Kittiwakes nesting on Heidrun
platform, Norwegian Sector, July 2017
At least 200 birds were present at this time and were occupying every
available nesting ledge on the platform. The birds were back on their
ledges during my next visit in March 2020.
The Kittiwakes attracted Arctic
the area with both adults and non-breeding birds observed here.
Sometimes I don't even need to leave the house to see this species -
here a young bird that flew past my terrace at home in Norway. November