Bird's egg

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Elpe

Bird's egg

Went out to pick up what I thought was some kind of rubbish lying near the shattered dahlias and lo & behold it was a whitish egg, 9cm long, I kid not, as long as my mobile phone! Am having trouble identifying it as we sure don't have birds that size in our garden. Ideas welcome!

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Bird's egg

Goose? Left there by a fox perhaps...

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Elpe

Bird's egg

Yes, possibly a Greylag goose. I wonder if it did come via fox. Amazing he didn't crush it. There's a small very fine crack on one side.

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Honey

Bird's egg

Is it possible that it's a grass snake's egg? I have a Stipa Gigantica in the garden (very large grass) and have had snake eggs laid under the grass.

H x

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Elpe

Bird's egg

Honey, I always thought that a snake's eggs were leathery while birds' eggs have hard shells, in which case this one here is from a bird. It's sitting (leaking slightly) in a kitchen towel bed in a bowl in my kitchen until I decide what to do with it.

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Linzechris

Bird's egg

Facinating! Please let us know what you do with it and if you find out what it is!
When I was away on holiday and my daughter was looking after my chickens she put an egg down on the patio and forgot about it. An hour later she went back out to fetch it and there was no sign of it! Not even any shell or anything!x

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Elpe

Egg R.I.P.

Well, OH decided I had to deal with it so he dug a hole in the veggie plot and we ceremoniously and gently cracked it open, let the huge yolk plop out with the yukky white, then filled in the hole. Amen.

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cherrypicker

Bird's egg

I can confirm what you were thinking about the egg. It would have been a goose egg. Quite likely a Canada goose. And yes the fox is the culprit. Whilst digging, yes digging, I found exactly the same about three inches buried. The fox will take an egg (goose or other) carry it off and bury it to consume later. Of course they can carry the egg without damaging it, think how they carry their own young away from danger. However the egg I found was about one year old - judging by the state of the contents. And the following year I found another egg in exactly the same place. If you look on nature sites you will see someone who photographed a fox carrying a goose egg.

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XiangRiKui

Bird's Egg

In Milton Keynes, England, In August 2011, while digging up potatoes in my allotment, I found large egg buried just below soil next to plant stems. Very strangely, it was at top of mound, not in bottom of trench. The soil just covered the egg, and was thin, but parted revealing the smooth dome when I shook the earth with my spade.
The egg was pale brownish cream colour, maybe because of earth stain. Later, I weighed and measured it: 170grms, 89mm long and 62 mm diameter. When washed, it became cream colour. The inside feels wobbly when shaken, and it floats big end up in water. I first thought it had been put there by a mischief maker playing a malevalent trick on me, but reading other people's experiences here changes my opinion. An expert said that it was probably a Canada goose's egg, there are a lot in milton Keynes, but their ponds where they nest are about one kilometre away. The last person to have domestic geese at an allotment left more than ten months ago, and I he said that he hadn't buried it or ever lost any goose eggs. Hmmm, very curious, yes?

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Yummy

Curoius Bird's Egg

" The inside feels wobbly when shaken, and it floats big end up in water. "

Hello, This would suggest it is an old egg as the air sac is obviously big. Fresh eggs should go to the bottom.

If you are brave enough to break it, there is a chance it would be "off".

The Chinese have 1000yr old eggs which are "petrified" in their shells....not sure if this is done naturally though :)

Perhaps, (given your name), you may know more of this than I do.
Welcome by the way, think your avatar looks just like mine !

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Elpe

Those birds' eggs again!

Interestingly, was chatting to a neighbour last month as he was clearing out the leaves that had gathered at the base of his conifer hedge, & he said you'll never guess what I just found! Lo & behold it was another egg identical to the two I found earlier this year. He thinks that someone, a couple of streets away, has geese so confirmation, I guess, of foxy being the culprit.

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XiangRiKui

Buried Egg

Adding to my previous posting:
Today, taking precautions for health and likely bad smell, I sat outside and carefully drilled a large (5mm) hole in the large end of the Canada goose egg, and a small hole (2mm) in the pointy end. There was a bad sickly odour, and some thin grey and white speckled liquid flowed out. The remainder was too viscous to be expelled with gentle air pressure, and I didn't want it exploding in my face. So the egg was put in a safe place at the bottom of the garden for the creepy crawlies and slitheries to consume the contents. Then in about six month's time, perhaps only the shell will remain.
I was surprised how thick the shell was, a fox could easily have carried it without breaking it.
In faint hopeful anticipation of it being fresh and consumable (I'd have posted the Chinese recipe if I cooked it), I searched and read Internet postings on the biological hazards of stale eggs; the risks are very serious and not worth taking. There are some terrible toxins produced by organismes which are very heat-stable, and can survive cooking...
About the Chinese thousand year eggs, they are really a kind of pickled egg and very popular. They can be bought in many supermarkets and often singly in thick vacuum sealed plastic bag. I had one given me four years ago and left it in a cupboard my room. When I returned last year, I ate it. It was OK, but they are not my favourite food. By the way, you are not allowed to bring them back to England...
Last comment on this, I found several reports of people digging up goose eggs and foxes being seen taking them from nests, so was my find was a common English experience?

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JaneMR

Buried bird's egg

I might go digging for truffles, but I prefer to get my eggs from Sainsbury's!

 
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