[Tweeters] Re: Robin's egg Question

Jason Hernandez jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 25 21:46:11 PDT 2014

Every now and then, a laying bird IS caught short by an egg and has to lay it right where she is.  Such an egg would be dead by the time you find it, unless you came by very shortly and began incubating it.  Once, in South Carolina, I found an intact turkey egg just sitting in the middle of a forest road.

If it was in the dirt at the edge of a parking lot, it is unlikely to be that of a ground-nesting bird; most of them would choose a better location, and at a minimum, scrape out a cup in the dirt.

Jason Hernandez
jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com

From: Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252 at msn.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Robin's egg Question
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While walking, I cam across a intact robin's egg laying in the dirt at the edge of a parking lot.

Can any of you Tweeters tell me:

Can an egg be stolen from a nest without being broken?

Could the mamma robin have HAD to just stop where she was and lay her egg?

Are there any other senarios where a undamaged robin egg could have ended up on the ground?

Do any ground nesting birds lay robin's egg blue eggs?

Linda Pjillips

Kenmore WA

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