Found two Shorelarks at Oldbury today; there I am, counting waders when two larks appear in the bottom of the scope, a couple of little masked marauders on the mud, just rare enough to warm my cockles (despite the sub-zero air temperature and windchill care of the 15 mph north-easterly). A Merlin and a pair of Ruddy Shelduck were the 'best of the rest' but there was plenty of evidence of weather displacement.
Must be a Gwent tick out there this weekend - Lapland Bunting? Shorelark? Smew? Black-throated Thrush?