Whether it returns in '22 is anyone's guess - although the smart money may on the affirmative, it having put in a full season here, and how that correlates with past long-term Black-browed Albatrosses and their summering routines around the UK coast - but either way, it was one of those birds that transcended mere mortal status and became an avian folk hero, as deserved.
Lovely day guiding lovely clients on a @YCNature bespoke tour today, the star of the show being this beauty who entertained impeccably (in flight and at rest) in the @Bempton_Cliffs gannetry.#zeissbirding #harpia95 @BirdGuides @RareBirdAlertUK pic.twitter.com/baZqSo0Q9F— Mark James Pearson (@Markthebirder) August 17, 2021
Memorable experiences with many Bottlenose Dolphins (including young calves) as well as a great cast of seabirds on our @YCNature pelagics out of Staithes this weekend. More here: https://t.co/K4fRDO0Gss pic.twitter.com/glWb4Nba6Y— Mark James Pearson (@Markthebirder) August 14, 2021
Lovely variety of waders at East Lea, #Filey this a.m inc Spot Red, Greenshank, LRPs, Green & Common Sands, Snipe, Lapwings, Dunlin, Curlew and 3 Blackwits (1 colour-ringed). Also Swifts on the move, Willow Warblers in the bushes #Autumn pic.twitter.com/eWHMZD9ldV— Mark James Pearson (@Markthebirder) August 7, 2021
Caspian Gulls are still very much a rarity at Filey, with just a handful of substantiated records - and so finding two juveniles on one day at opposite ends of the bay was a treat:
The first of yesterday's two Caspian Gulls at #Filey (first ever multiple count of a less than annual sp. here), this one on the end of the Brigg (watch til the end to get a sense of the distance).. Digiscoped with @ZEISSBirding #harpia95@BirdGuides @RareBirdAlertUK @nybirdnews pic.twitter.com/a0SHCWtvHW— Mark James Pearson (@Markthebirder) August 20, 2021
That moment when two Greenish Warblers duet with each other.... and one breaks into song! Not what I expected on my #Filey rounds this a.m, but I'll take it 🤩@nybirdnews @BirdGuides @RareBirdAlertUK pic.twitter.com/v2X4eyLE5N— Mark James Pearson (@Markthebirder) August 23, 2021