We don't get many new birds in the UK these days and usually make a point of properly birding the site. However, in view of the locations and species we made an exception and decided to go on a proper two day twitch. We had been resisting going for the sea ducks up in Scotland, but when a bird that we're unlikely to ever travel for turned up, we thought we'd lump the whole lot together. There was even a fourth bird, perhaps unlikely to be accepted as wild due to the numbers in collections, but the distance back from there wasn't much different to what we'd travelled up so we just opted to go for it.
Tuesday morning started with a 5:30am get up and beans on toast. Then on the road. We'd travelled a fair way in the direct of Long Newton, Northumberland. before there was confirmation that the bird had been relocated at Long Nanny. The first for Britain is a long way from Japan/NW China and may be the individual previously recorded in mainland Europe. There have been three earlier records.