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Well, early start thought I, after the rain yesterday should be better digging. The rape stubble has not been disked so just the tramlines were doable, after 2 hours that felt like 4, only finds were an iron chain link, couple of bits of lead and a bird leg ring, ground was easier to dig though

I moved on to a barley stubble field that took me an hour of arm weakening swinging that felt like 3 hours, only finds there were a lead bullet, one button and bits of foil in the stiff stubble

I then went on to another field of sheep grazed turnips, easy swinging and digging spent 3 hours and all I had to show for that was an old harness ring and buckle with 2 buttons

So disheartened and tired with back aching, arm weakened swinging (the detector, not the other kind) I had had enough and headed home, the only highlight was a young Red Kite that came close, spent so long over me I watched it and never thought until too late to get a picture.

Got home, raided the biscuit tin, washed them down with some tea and hoping next jaunt will be much better, got to take the rough with the smooth I guess, I shall hit the Doom Bars later and check for any holes in my eyelids before a late dinner.

The Bird leg ring is marked with Middleton Museum Oxford 373, the only thing with any interest, cant find any info on it unless the name changed?

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Steve_JT wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:26 pm The Bird leg ring is marked with Middleton Museum Oxford 373, the only thing with any interest, can't find any info on it.
Probably just some bird that worked there? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I’ve had a few days like that recently :roll:

Never heard of the Middleton Museum though :Thinking:
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The ring is from the study of wild birds, you should let the museum know where it was found. The British museum ornithology unit do that as well. :thumbsup:
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The only reference to Middleton is a director of the museum in Oxford, he died in 1896
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Middleton
He was a director of the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Victoria & Albert museum
Some info on his wife here
https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/term/BIOG59470
Wonder if he or surviving relatives kept pigeons? It’s the only link I can think of, if it was on a pigeon it may have been released south below where found on route to Oxford

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Easylife wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:09 pm The ring is from the study of wild birds, you should let the museum know where it was found. The British museum ornithology unit do that as well. :thumbsup:
I will se if I can let them know :thumbsup:

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The "Oxfordshire museum" is listed under things to do at "Middleton Stoney" if that helps?
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There seems to be a few of us having bad sessions, Steve. Mine yesterday was a total stinker, but all will be well once the stubble softens/is removed and we can get our coils down where they should be :thumbsup:
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I'm on a run of finding just lead and buttons, lots of buttons, to the point I celebrate finding one with a pattern or without a broken loop. But I do know, where there's buttons, there'll be better finds if I persevere.
I'd have taken the slug and leg ring :thumbsup:
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Every year I gallop off into the newly cut stubble with pent-up enthusiasm and expectation. Every year I knock myself out stubble-surfing getting hot, trying to insert my spade into rock hard ground and having my wrists ache with the resist of the stubble making my coil bounce around. Sometimes i find good things but the usual story is a bit of a downer. I walked for 2 hours yesterday evening in a field I know still has stuff to give and found: a washer, an eyelet from a tarp, a wartime aluminium coin and a four hole button. It will improve after a drop of rain. Which will hopefully arrive before the ground gets aerated by the harrow.
Every year I tell myself to just hold off a bit. Every year, as soon as the combines drive off I am gripped with detecting fever and find myself standing in a field of stiff stalks with ankles that look as if they have been minced by a steak tenderizer. :lol:
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Well, at the very least you did get out,which by the present goings on in the world can`t be such a bad thing. You stretched your pins thats the main thing. The Washer , tarp eyelet , button, and coin was the booby prizes for the effort . :lol:
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shaggybfc wrote: Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:19 am I'm on a run of finding just lead and buttons, lots of buttons.
Well at least you know that the field has been well fertilized! :rollinglaughing:
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