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Rare bird spotted in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:58 31 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:58 31 December 2013

Richard's Pipit. Picture by J.M.Garg.

Richard's Pipit. Picture by J.M.Garg.

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A rare winter visitor has been spotted in Great Yarmouth, to the surprise of Norfolk birdwatchers.

A Richard’s Pipit, classed as a ‘scarce visitor’ in the UK, has been seen at North Denes beach this afternoon (Tuesday).

The grassland bird, recognised by its characteristic “shreep” call as well as long yellow-brown legs, long tail and upright stance, is seen on British coasts during autumn but rarely in winter. The breed usually winters on the Indian subcontinent and South-east Asia.

The last Norfolk sighting was at the Winterton-on-Sea dunes in November.

A spokesman for Birdline East Anglia, a service which keeps bird watchers updated on recent sightings, said the Richard’s Pipit was a scare autumn migrant and rare winter visitor in western Europe, but there is coincidently another currently at Kelling on the north Norfolk coast.

Photo by JM Garg.

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