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Thursday, 22 September 2011

AZOREAN GULL in BEDFORDSHIRE

An adult AZOREAN-TYPE YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (Larus atlantis azorea) is present for its second day at Stewartby Lake in Bedfordshire. It flew in to roost at about 1830 hours and remained until dusk, roosting amongst just over 3,000 other large gulls. It was found by local birder Steve Blain - a number of images of the bird being displayed on his blog site.

Stewartby Lake is easily accessed from the new A507 bypass now stretching from the A1 to the M1, the gull watchpoint site being at the north end and just 50 yards walk from the cul-de-sac

This is only the eighth record for Britain of this species mainly confined to the Azorean islands