Note that if you see a flock of big, black and white, long necked, long legged birds flying silently overhead, these are White Stork Ciconia ciconia. The pale grey Cranes can look black and white in flight, but the key difference is that they are always very noisy in flight, Storks are always silent.
The crane migration is monitored by a network of observers who record their sightings on www.grus-grus.com.
Further information about Common Eurasian Cranes can be found on ARKive.
|Cranes over our orchard, February.|