Sandsend mystery as eggs planted

Simon Hodgkinson with some of the eggs found in plant pots in his and his neighbours gardens''w121604a
Simon Hodgkinson with some of the eggs found in plant pots in his and his neighbours gardens''w121604a
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A SANDSEND couple made an odd discovery recently while weeding their plants.

Joan and Simon Hodgkinson, of Meadowfields, discovered an egg neatly buried in a plant pot in their front garden in March, and over the past few months they have uncovered even more buried nearby.

Joan said: “In March we were cleaning the weeds off the top of a plant pot in our front garden and just underneath the surface of the soil we were amazed to see an egg, slightly larger than a hens, buried perfectly and with no disturbance to the soil around it.”

The couple assumed it had been placed there as a practical joke by a family member and thought no more, until 11 April when their neighbour, Mrs Taylor, alerted them of a similar discovery.

Joan added: “She said she had found two eggs in plant pots.

“She’s in her nineties and she’s never seen anything like it before.”

Following Mrs Taylor’s discovery, the couple looked around the rest of their pots and discovered another egg, again perfectly buried in a plant pot.

Mr Hodgkinson looked into possible causes of this strange phenomena and discovered that it may be caused by foxes, burying the eggs for future consumption, much like squirrels burying nuts.

He said: “Looking into it, what they do if they suspect that there’s bad weather coming, they will collect and store their food.

“Then if there’s bad weather they know where the eggs are and they’ve got a source of protein.”

During the breeding season ducks nest in hedgerows to the rear of the Meadowfields property and the couple believe that a fox may have snatched these eggs.

Joan added: “Maybe they just enjoy a good Easter egg hunt.

“I hope if he does come back he will leave Cadbury’s Creme Eggs next time.”