3.5 hours later we arrived in Cheswick in Northumberland. We turned off the A1 and down a bumpy track towards the small beach car park. Passing a farm on the way Steve noticed some Tree Sparrows in the roadside hedge. There were about 25 which was a nice surprise. We parked up and walked along the track to the dunes. We stood on top of the highest dune and started scanning the sea. I picked up a few distant Eider and 5 Guillemot. Next was a lone male Common Scoter quickly followed by a Red-Throated Diver and 3 Shag. Steve had mentioned a scoter flock and I eventually got onto it. I then started scanning through it and it was another BINGO moment as there to the left hand end of the 30 or so scoters was my first ever BLACK SCOTER! Its day glow yellow knob on its bill shone like a beacon and after a nervous couple of minutes I got Steve and another birder onto it. This lost American showed well between dives and waves and we enjoyed it for a good 15 minutes before it went to sleep! I had another scan of the sea adding only a few more fly by scoter and a single Guillemot but one last look of the scoter group produced a nice juv/fem Velvet Scoter which rounded off the day brilliantly. We headed home happy that we had seen both target birds and eventually arrived home just gone 8pm. 1050 miles driven in 23 hours was madness but totally worth it!
Looking back over my old records for the last time I had 2 lifers in a day found that it was last March when I added Rock Dove and Golden Eagle (tart ticks I know) on Islay. Before that it was Black and Brunnich's Guillemot in Portland and back in 2011 Slaty-Backed Gull (still waiting) and Oriental Turtle Dove