Having to go down to Cardiff to pick up my repaired bins I had another try for the Lesser Scaup at Cardiff Bay before heading to the delivery depot. Again it wasn't showing when I arrived, but after about 5 minutes it flew in with three Tufties.
With the depot down Maerdy lane area I decided to take a visit over the border into Gwentshire with a visit to Goldcliffe and Uskmouth. Both were quiet with the highlight being 2 Golden Plover, 1 in breeding plumage, at Goldcliffe.
From there I headed up to the delights of a sunny Rhaslas Pond. The pond itself was some 80% iced over, so no ducks and surprisingly, no gulls. 12 Goosanders flew into roost, but seeing the ice promptly dissapeared. At least 3 Lapwing were displaying near the car park. and a couple of Skylark flew over, one bursting into song - looks like spring may be sprung! The first SEO showed just after 4 with at least 2, and possibly 4, more getting up over the next hour or so. A single Snipe was put up by one of the Owls. The young male Hen Harrier flew in to roost around 5:35.