We spent a couple of hours at NT Sutton Hoo last weekend, once again leaving the other visitors to the mounds while we sought out the more secluded corners of the site. We hoped (in vain as it turned out) to see one or two more butterflies in the brief spells of afternoon sunshine. Sadly we failed to spot any, but were rewarded with sightings of Orthoptera (two Dark Bush-Crickets) and Odonata (a Common Darter and ?a Ruddy Darter). We also noticed a few molehills in the sandy soil.
My previous Sutton Hoo post included a modern wood carving replicating one of the wild boar designs. The photo above shows an image that puzzled me until this evening when we succeeded in tracking it down. The bird looks a bit like a Dodo to me, but I knew that couldn't be right. The original has sometimes, though not exclusively, been classified as a duck by Anglo-Saxon scholars; it adorns the exquisite Sutton Hoo purse-lid.
|I wonder if you know this species? If so, do please leave a comment. |
|Over to you: Common or Ruddy Darter? |
|View across the river Deben to Woodbridge|
|Spindle berries, which trigger nursery school memories - of this|
|I was so taken by the shiny chestnuts that I nearly missed the insect ...|
|A land of many molehills|
|X marks the spot ... Are more trees to be felled?|
|A ladybird at last|
|One and a half Dark Bush-Crickets|
|A favourite spot, river Deben down to the right|
P.S. Who noticed the Sutton Hoo question on University Challenge (BBC) this evening?