Trees close to a Norwich department store became an urban safari spot for bird enthusiasts as hundreds of pied wagtails came to roost.

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The small, long-tailed black and white birds – which are known to form large roosts in city centres at dusk – brought passers-by to a standstill on Friday as they found a place to roost for the night near John Lewis’ All Saints’ Green store.

As this picture shows, one of our Evening News photographers, Simon Finlay, captured the antics of some of the little birds on camera.

Pied wagtails can be found across the UK.

On the RSPB’s website the pied wagtail is described as: “A delightful small, long-tailed and rather sprightly black and white bird.

“When not standing and frantically wagging its tail up and down, it can be seen dashing about over lawns or car parks in search of food.

“It frequently calls when in its undulating flight and often gathers at dusk to form large roosts in city centres.”

As well as the pied wagtails, there are two other breeds of wagtails that are common to the UK.

They are the grey wagtail and also the yellow wagtail.

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