Rare bird sparks rush to the coast

An unusual feathered visitor to the shores of Britain had bird enthusiasts all of a flutter when it was first spotted over Filey Brigg.

Sunday, 16th October 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:22 pm
The black-browed albatross is pictured at RSPB Bempton.

A black-browed albatross, which would normally be based around the Falkland Islands in the southern hemisphere, was seen last week along the Yorkshire coast.

News of the rare arrival prompted hundreds of birdwatchers to travel to Flamborough Head. It is believed to be a young bird still honing its navigations skills.

David Aitken, warden at the RSPB Bempton nature reserve, said: “It’s the Holy Grail of seabirds – and it’s here.”

An eastern crowned warbler had also been spotted at the Bempton reserve.