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Rare bird spotted in Sheringham - Have you seen it?

PUBLISHED: 11:55 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:45 18 January 2018

Rare bird spotted in Sheringham - Have you seen it? Picture: Mick Hill

Rare bird spotted in Sheringham - Have you seen it? Picture: Mick Hill

Birdwatchers from across the country have been heading to a north Norfolk seaside resort to see a rare bird normally found during the winter in southern Europe.

An aerial view of Sheringham showing the changing face of Cromer Road with his new Lighthouse Church and Tesco store. Picture: MIKE PAGEAn aerial view of Sheringham showing the changing face of Cromer Road with his new Lighthouse Church and Tesco store. Picture: MIKE PAGE

Mick Hill, a keen amateur who captured the bird on camera, said: “For the last few days a beautiful male black redstart has been gracing Sheringham with his appearance.

“He has been seen along the Prom, near the lifeboat station. Birders from around the country have been appearing to see this little bird. I don’t know the exact numbers but it’s definitely bringing people into Sheringham.

“He’s an insect eater and seems to be quite active. He does not seem to be bothered by people.”

A spokesman for the RSPB said: “Male black redstarts do winter in north Norfolk but in small numbers, so it is quite rare to see one.

“They love urban areas, especially junkyards. Normally you would see them wintering in southern Europe.”

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