Rare bird spotted in Sunderland

Picture by Harry Richardson

Picture by Harry Richardson

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TWITCHERS have got into a flap over a Wearside visit from a Siberian bird.

An olive-backed pipit was spotted in Roker Park afternoon and caused excitement among the city’s bird lovers.

Bird watchers at the junction of Dame Dorothy Street and Sand Point Road Roker on Friday

Bird watchers at the junction of Dame Dorothy Street and Sand Point Road Roker on Friday

The feathery friend is a small passerine bird of the pipit genus, which breeds across South, north Central and East Asia, as well as in the northeast of European Russia.

It’s thought the feathery friend ended up in Sunderland after being blown off course.

Mark Newsome, of the Durham Bird Club, said: “This is the fourth one we’ve seen in the County Durham area. They’re more commonly spotted in the Shetland Islands.

“However, there’s been strong easterly winds recently so it’s probably been blown off course.”