Rare white stork spotted in Southwold a day after white-tailed eagle sighting

A white stork seen over RSPB Minsmere in May 2011

A white stork seen over RSPB Minsmere in May 2011 - Credit: Fred Vennell

Bird-watchers have spotted a rare white stork flying over the Suffolk coast this afternoon (Friday).

The bird is the second unusual spotting in the past couple of days, after a white-tailed eagle was also seen in the area late on Thursday afternoon.

The RSPB received reports of a white stork over Southwold Harbour at about 1pm. It is thought the bird may have flown towards Reydon, causing much excitement among birdwatchers studying the Hen Reedbeds east of Southwold along the Halesworth Road.

One was spotted in the same area in May 2011 and photographed by Fred Vennell.

A white-tailed eagle was seen roosting in Benacre and then over Breydon Water yesterday.

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