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Eggs discovered by Mardon (#2437)

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Observed: May 17, 2014 @ 4:30 PM
Posted on: May 17, 2014 @ 5:07 PM (diff: 0 days)
I was using a small trowel to dig in the soil around the roots of a wind-fall tree looking for centipedes. I removed a scoop of soil and when I looked, there was an egg amongst the soil! It is fortunate that I didn't break the egg because I never saw it until it was already in my trowel. The major axis is 6cm and the minor axis is 4cm. The red arrow in the one photo shows exactly where I dug the trowel into the soil when I found the egg. I've done some searching and the most likely thing I have found is that this is probably a duck egg. According to what I have read, foxes sometimes steal duck eggs and bury them. Their intention is to come back later and eat the egg. This sounds like a plausible explanation for what I found although I had never heard of this behaviour before.

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By Michelle S on 5/23/2014 11:14:27 PM

You really never know what you're going to discover, do you? I love incidental finds like this.

By Mardon on 5/24/2014 6:52:12 PM

Thanks for the comment Michelle.  I agree with you.  This was certainly one of those unexpected surprises.  I coudn't hardly believe my eyes when I saw what was buried in the soil that my trowel had excavated. 

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