Now the Bridled Tern has almost certainly left Druridge Bay (it was seen flying south past Flamborough on Monday), life can return to something like normal and my stress levels have also gone down. I am still peed off that I didn't manage to get such a fantastic bird on the patch (and that Mr Elliott did!).
A cold Southeasterly blew at Druridge tonight, so I had a quick evening seawatch. The scoter flock in the bay is building up, with a bout 350 birds in one flock tonight. I scanned it and picked out at least three drake velvet scoters but nothing rarer. This is a good time for surfy to turn up or even something more scarce so I'll continue to scan the flock whilst I can.
Great views of an adult female cuckoo in the dunes was tonight's highlight though. It sat perched in various bushes, always attended by a couple of meadow pipits. It was still there when I left as the light faded.