Monday, 30 November 2015

Pintails and Avocets at Farlington Marsh

Pintail, Anas acuta
On Saturday 28th November I left Littlehampton with blue skies and arrived at Farlington Marsh, near Portsmouth, just as the cloud rolled in and the wind got up. There were plenty of wildfowl on the lake. I saw Pintails, Avocets (a birder counted 37), Brent Geese, Lapwing, Redshank, Dunlin, Mallard, Snipe, Wigeon, Dunlin plus Stonechats and Carrion Crows.
On Sunday I went metal detecting again with my club and found an 1845 sixpence, 1915 farthing, 1892 halfpenny, plus many buttons and part of a toy soldier.
Avocets, Recurvirostra avosetta
Brent Geese, Branta bernicla
Brent Goose, Branta bernicla
Carrion Crow, Corvus corone
Carrion Crow
Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, Redshank, Tringa totanus and Dunlin, Calidris alpina
Pintail, Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos and a Teal, Anas crecca
Pintails, Common Snipe, Gallinago gallinago, and a Lapwing
Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
Teal, Anas crecca
Wigeon, Anas penelope
Victoria sixpence 1845
The 5 of 1845 is at an angle, and the P of PENCE also slopes. There are other slight differences in the letters compared to this mint version:
I wonder if this is a forgery, though it is silver not plated like earlier Victorian forgeries.

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