my first post - so be gentle with me:
seen perched on a wall at 05:45 this morning, then flew to a barn where it perched with what looked like an identical bird.
about the size of a large seagull,and kind of seagull shaped
mainly black body with white upper and longish neck
red head (couldnt decide whether it was feathered or skin)
didnt get leg colour or foot type
large wingspan, mostly grey looking wings in flight but with whiter tips to the wings
barn is on farmland about a mile from coastline, Sunderland area