A rare European Bee-eater has been spotted in a garden in Sunderland, attracting a crowd of eager birdwatchers.
The birds usually live in Southern Europe and at this time of year should be in Africa.
Twitchers from as far away as London and Manchester have been travelling to Wearside to see the special visitor.
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