Monday 23 January 2017

Henry VIII half groat and a buzzard

Henry VIII half groat
I found a Henry VIII half groat last weekend on a club dig. I was heading back to the car because the frozen ground was melting and thick clods of clay soil were clinging to my boots and detector head. The detector located something, and when I put the pointer to the ground it beeped and I spotted the silver coin on the surface. It is a second coinage (1526-44), profile portrait type. It was grey in colour until I cleaned it and it is now a beautiful silver.
not all letters are readable on my coin, full lettering should be
Henry VIII by the Grace of God King of England and France

CIVITAS CANTOR (City of Canterbury) indicates the mint

WA on each side of the shield is the insignia of Archbishop Warham of Canterbury.

A groat was worth 4d (four pence), so a half groat was 2d. There is continental influence in the name groat. Groot is Dutch for great or large, a word related to the French gros. The full groat coin was much larger than the silver penny.
More info about the groat here:

A similar coin is better condition can be viewed here:

I visited Warnham Nature Reserve and from the tern hide I watched a roosting Buzzard in a tree opposite being pestered by two magpies. There was also a bat hibernation box hanging high in a nearby tree.
bat hibernation box

bat hibernation box

Buzzard, Buteo buteo

Monday 16 January 2017

Great white egret and kingfisher

Great White Egret, Ardea alba
On Thursday I visited Arundel WWT and saw a kingfisher on the railings by the boating area. I then took a boat trip and we followed it around the waterways with some very close sightings and a fly-by. A Peregrine roosted at the top of the Hangar. I saw the Great White Egret for the first time in the distance from the Ramsar and Scrape hides. Late afternoon I called into the Ramsar hide for one last look and saw a Cetti's warbler. I looked up and was amazed to see the Great White Egret right in front of the hide.
 The following day at the woodland feeders I saw a Water Rail, Long-tailed Tits and a Nuthatch.
Friday January 13:
Sand Martin hide

Canada Geese, Branta canadensis

Canada Goose
Cetti's Warbler, Cettia cetti

Great White Egret, Ardea alba

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea

Greylag Goose, Anser anser

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

Peregrine, Falco peregrinus

Teal, Anas crecca
Barrow's Goldeneye ♀, Bucephala islandica

Barrow's Goldeneye ♀
Saturday January 14:
Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus

Canada Geese on icy water

Great Tit, Parus major

Great White Egret, Ardea alba

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis

Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus

Magpie, Pica pica

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos

Nuthatch, Sitta europaea

Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus