Last Thursday afternoon we were visiting at Rowlands Gill and watching the many Red Kite over the village. We then spotted what I at first thought and said was a Heron flying North but away from us. However immediately we both said 'thats not a heron' -with its much flatter wings and soaring quite high but it was too far gone to get any more details.
Then the Common Crane sightings appeared. I'll never know.
But talking about it today with my mate he said that today he saw a pair, remarkably similar again over Rowlands Gill, heading north-west.