Long-eared and Short-eared Owl at Farlington Marshes

Heading back from Faccombe we discovered that the Rough-legged Buzzard had shown well from the usual viewpoint some 45 minutes after we had left.
Tony was heading back to Scotland tonight so our time was precious and we wanted to see the Long-eared owl at Farlington Marshes which had been located at the weekend.
Arriving at the carpark we could see a group of birders looking towards the bushes. I had a good idea where the bird could be found after some excellent directions on the HOSlist forum, these were not required as the bird was pointed out to us straight away.

View into the bushes, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire 18th February 2009
Arrow showing LEO location, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire 18th February 2009
Long-eard Owl, Farlinton Marshes, Hampshire 18th February 2009
As we chatted to some of the regular Hampshire birders, all those present and some people just out for a walk, managed to get good views of the bird.
The next hour was spent along the stream with just the common species but we were a little luckier with the Brent flock where Tony soon located the Black Brant.  A Barnacle Goose was also present.  We ended the day looking out across Langstone Harbour towards North Binness Island.  Eventually a single Short-eared Owl showed for a couple of minutes before heading off high towards Hayling.
Mark C.

Willow Tits near Faccombe

Tony T and I decided to head for the north of the county to try for the Rough-legged Buzzard.  The forecast for the day had been good visability but we arrived at the wind turbine to find low lying dense cloud.  We decided to try for Willow Tits hoping that the cloud would clear during the morning.  We headed back to where the road turns off for Faccombe, we parked up and walked along the lower road which winds towards Netherton. 
Netherton Bottom near Faccombe, Hampshire 18th February 2009
We strolled slowly along the road checking the Hazel copse for signs of tit movement. In total, after an hour, we had at least three individual Willow Tits, a single Marsh Tit, a Treecreeper and various other woodland passerines.
We headed back to Faccombe with the cloud still lying low and decided our best bet would be to walk down into the valley.  We parked in the village at the church and headed along the footpath.  We met a birder who had seen the bird fly north but alas after a further hour we still couldn’t locate the bird.  Common Buzzards were frequent and a large group of thrushes were moving through the trees. our only other find was a few Bramblings amongst the finches in the treetops.
Mark C.