Kittiwakes are gentle looking, medium-sized gulls with a small yellow bill and a dark eye. They have a grey back with white underneath. Their 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 Scilly, perhaps due to a shortage of sandeels and the only colony is now on Gugh. After breeding, birds move out into the Atlantic where they spend the winter.

With thanks for the use of Kittiwake Image © Ed Marshall