17 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #354

  1. somewhat tangential: is there an observed ratio of egg size/clutch size and interior diameter of nest? this nest looks large for the eggs within.

    • I wondered that and many of the nest pics I saw were far more packed. But there was a genus for which this seemed the right number-size ratio.

  2. If I am correct, this looks like the bird which last attempted breeding locally, Surrey Hants border, in 1955. The nest was raided by a cat and is now in our museum collection. It has a connection to Royal Bank of Scotland.

      • I was being a bit very parochial I’m afraid. Our Camberley Natural History Society had a visit to the local sewage works especially to see the nesting bird. This was a favourite place to explore for wildlife but now it is mostly under a dual carriageway.

  3. If I am correct, this is a bird which last attempted to breed locally, Surrey Hants border, in 1955. Its nest was raided by a cat and is now in our museum collection. It as a connection to Royal Bank of Scotland.

  4. Clearly passerine/songbird eggs. Size, shape and coloration suggest northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) but the pattern of speckles and splotches isn’t quite right. I suppose this is a Eurasian species, so that would be rather outside of my experience.

  5. the nest looks like it’s made of meadow grass – there is even a piece with the root attached. Larks, I think, pull out grass like that – perhaps a lark nest, although it’s so small?

  6. I don’t think either platypus or echidna eggs are speckled (though in a nest they can easily get dirt spots), and I don’t think their pointy end is as pronouncedly more pointed than their round end as is the case with the eggs in the photo. (For that matter, do either platypoda or echidna build grass nests like then shown?) So, since I only try to guess your mammalian specimens, I’m opting out on this one.
    (Happy Easter to all, though!)

Share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s