Is the cry of all us Northerners who have just dipped the Sandhill Crane flying south and congrats to those who did see it . I am led to believe it was on the ground near the monument at Seaton Delaval briefly and photos were taken. My source, SPP missed it by twenty minutes and me by a good hour and a half.
For those without the benefit of Birdguides its progress to date
Whitley Bay 10.40
South Gare 12.35 (tough luck Saltholme)
By my limited mathematical skills I calculate a distance of around 45 miles (72.5km) taken on a slight arc as it follows the coast, in 3.5 hours. That's a sedate 13mph.
Even in my car I could have chased it!
PS Its still going. Skinningrove 13.41
PPS Kettleness Point 14.00
PPPS I calculate that it flew 170 miles almost due South from Loch of Strathbeg which at that speed is a 13 hour flight. Eat your heart out Richard Branson.