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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/21/22 11:14 p.m.

It wasn't there last night, but it was there this morning. The rock is about the size of a smaller rock. 

I put the planter saucer in the birdbath to give the birds a dry perch. Could a bird have added the rock? A racoon? Is my neighbor messing with me? 

triumph7
triumph7 HalfDork
6/22/22 12:03 a.m.

Are you suggesting that rocks migrate?

Perhaps two of them carried it on a line...

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Steve_Jones
Steve_Jones Dork
6/22/22 12:09 a.m.

In reply to triumph7 :

African or European?

No Time
No Time SuperDork
6/22/22 12:17 a.m.
triumph7 said:

Are you suggesting that rocks migrate?

maybe not migrate, but sail:

Death valley

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/22/22 12:29 a.m.

FWIW, this rock visually matches other rocks in our yard. (Geology 101 was a long time ago.)

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
6/22/22 12:37 a.m.

How much did you have to drink prior to this discovery?

jgrewe
jgrewe HalfDork
6/22/22 1:01 a.m.

ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter)
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter) Dork
6/22/22 1:30 a.m.

Crows are very inquisitive and like to pick stuff up and move it around, and even more so if it is shiny. They also like to dunk things in water, mostly food items, but I've seen them with playing with sticks and rocks in drinking fountains and birdbaths before.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/22/22 4:31 a.m.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/22/22 6:30 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Maybe JG has trained the geese to berkeley with you?

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
6/22/22 7:22 a.m.

If two swallows can carry a coconut ......

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
6/22/22 8:29 a.m.

Meteor.
 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/22/22 8:54 a.m.

I have a spring- fed pond. It has no access to anything but the upstream creek and the springhead. It had no fish in it.

Then one day, I noticed fish. Several of them. 
 

WTF??

Best we can figure is a bird dropped a pregnant fish into my pond. 

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/22/22 8:55 a.m.

Has it been particularly windy there?

This is why people buy game/trail cameras.

jharry3
jharry3 Dork
6/22/22 9:16 a.m.
SV reX said:

I have a spring- fed pond. It has no access to anything but the upstream creek and the springhead. It had no fish in it.

Then one day, I noticed fish. Several of them. 
 

WTF??

Best we can figure is a bird dropped a pregnant fish into my pond. 

Fish eggs cling to wading bird's legs.  They then fly to your pond and the eggs come off.  Presto.  Fish in your pond.  Very common. 

mtn
mtn MegaDork
6/22/22 9:19 a.m.
SV reX said:

I have a spring- fed pond. It has no access to anything but the upstream creek and the springhead. It had no fish in it.

Then one day, I noticed fish. Several of them. 
 

WTF??

Best we can figure is a bird dropped a pregnant fish into my pond. 

Most fish lay eggs, and the eggs are transported via eggs sticking to birds or other animals. Happens on farm ponds quite often. 

Life Finds a Way (Single) | Dinosaur Love

stafford1500
stafford1500 Dork
6/22/22 9:30 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

It wasn't there last night, but it was there this morning. The rock is about the size of a smaller rock. 

I put the planter saucer in the birdbath to give the birds a dry perch. Could a bird have added the rock? A racoon? Is my neighbor messing with me? 

It was me. I was in the area and could not resist checking on your observation skills...

NOT A TA
NOT A TA UltraDork
6/22/22 10:11 a.m.

Raccoon

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
6/22/22 10:26 a.m.

A while back, Chris and I were driving over an overpass in Jacksonville when a giant fish hit our windshield. No other traffic in front of us, nothing above us, just boom here's a fish.

I've always assumed a bird dropped their dinner on the way home from the river.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/22/22 11:19 a.m.

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
6/22/22 12:04 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

So long, and thanks for all the fish. 

clutchsmoke
clutchsmoke UltraDork
6/22/22 12:30 p.m.
NOT A TA said:

Raccoon

They like to wash their little raccoon hands.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/22/22 12:36 p.m.

In reply to clutchsmoke :

My wife is thinking it's a raccoon, too. Why the rock? Or is it like the three seashells in Demolition Man? 

triumph7
triumph7 HalfDork
6/22/22 12:45 p.m.
Steve_Jones said:

In reply to triumph7 :

African or European?

Floridian.

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/22/22 2:39 p.m.

My guess is Crow or Raccoon.  Crows like to pick stuff up and they will use rocks to break things; eggs, nuts, fruit, roadkill skulls to get at the yummy brains, styrofoam to-go containers from the trash, etc.  I have also seen raccoons grab a PB&J crust from the trash along with a rock just kinda by habit.  The same way you grab a popsicle from the freezer and absent-mindedly grab a spoon from the drawer only to realize you don't need silverware to eat popsicles.

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