Rhaslas: 5 curlew through on the 3rd March but nothing much of note with monthly highest counts for wildfowl as follows, January; wigeon , tufted , goldeneye , goosander . February; wigeon , tufted , goldeneye , goosander . Also big increase in shooting this winter.
Gull counts: my counts at Pontsticill reservoir have been down all winter with this years count as follows, January; herring gull , lesser black-backed , black headed . February; herring gull , lesser black-backed . Returning breeding birds this a.m. (rough count re: limited vision); former Hoover Factory, herring gull [70 birds], lesser black-backed [33 birds]. Pentrebach factories, Kasai, herring gull  and MTIB herring gull , lesser black-backed .
Dowlais Lapwing; have noted the flock several times in the last couple of weeks when driving along HoV and couldn't believe its apparent size. Managed to stop and count this a.m. at least 40 (conservative estimate) birds the highest count since the Ffos y Fran colony was destroyed many years ago.
Back yard: first time ever I've had more redpoll to my feeders than greenfinch and I only had 1 redpoll.