Twitchers have got into a flap over a Wearside visit from a Siberian bird.
An Olive-Backed Pipit was spotted in Roker Park. Sunderland, and has caused excitement among the city’s bird lovers.
It’s 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 to have 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.