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Gull nests with eggs in car park

The gull in the car park has proved to be a talking point

A confident common gull has become a talking point by nesting in the car park of a busy Aberdeen office.

The nest, which has two eggs in it, is on a grassed section of pavement outside the offices of Amec in Wellington Circle.

Worker Andy Russell said: "It's not the smartest of places to nest."

Aberdeen has already had a seagull in the headlines, after it turned shoplifter by wandering into a shop and helping itself to crisps.

The gull's spot at the oil and gas company's building is also opposite a busy Royal Mail depot.

It is believed to have been there for several days.

'Very vocal'

Mr Russell, who photographed the gull, told the BBC Scotland news website: "It has been spotted by a few people.

"The gulls have been very vocal if you park too close, people are keeping away, but it's a busy car park.

"People are just keeping an eye on it."

It has been nicknamed Amey, in honour of its Amec base.


The gull sits on her eggs in the busy car park

A spokesman for RSPB Scotland said: "We suspect this area gets relatively few pedestrians and the vehicle traffic won't bother the bird much.

"It's pretty unusual since common gulls, although they seem to be getting better adapted to cities, are not really a typical urban gull species."

Urban seagulls have long been seen as a problem in parts of Scotland, such as Aberdeen and Dumfries.

In July, a seagull nicknamed Sam found worldwide fame.

It walked into a newsagent shop in Aberdeen when the door was open and made off with cheese Doritos.

Once outside, the crisps were ripped open and the seagull was joined by other birds.

The story and footage were viewed tens of thousands of times on the BBC Scotland news website.

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