RSPB Bempton Cliffs confirmed that the bird, named Albie, had been recorded on the reserve near Bridlington this morning.
Albie spent most of last summer at the site, where his presence is enough to draw thousands of birdwatchers from all over Europe – including celebrity fans such as Bill Oddie and All Creatures Great and Small actor Samuel West.
He is believed to have lived in Europe since 2014, when he is likely to have been blown off course and left unable to return to his breeding grounds in the South Atlantic. As a consequence, he is unlikely to ever find a mate, though he often lives with gannet colonies such as that at Bempton.
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They breed only in the southern hemisphere but have a northernly migratory pattern, which explains the occasional sightings in the North Atlantic. These displaced birds are considered ‘vagrants’ because they have wandered far outside their normal range. They are often exiled for decades as they struggled to return to the Southern Ocean.
The black-browed albatross was lingering in Oresund, a narrow stretch of water between Copenhagen and Malmo, in April 2021 when up to nine eagles attacked it.