October 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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.