Dear Helen et al,
Advice on the egg came in from several sources, including suggestions
to keep it moist and to help it break out of the shell. Bob Keiffer
said it most certainly was a goose egg, some of which are as big as
eagle eggs. He said a raven wouldn't be able to carry an egg that large
without putting a hole in the shell. My friend was quite sure it was
not a goose egg. Turkey was proposed as a possibility. Ron LeValley
asked for a picture but digital camera problems won out.
One internet source said that it could take 5 days for such an egg to
hatch, others said that if it didn't hatch within in 24 hours it would
die. Alida Morzenti, an eminent raptor expert with Bird Rescue in Santa
Rosa, offered to take it and hatch it out.
The pecking stopped so my friend decided to help it out of the egg, and
it turned out to be dead. She has saved the egg, which is mostly intact
except for a hole, and was planning to take it down to Alan Grass at
the fish hatchery for i.d. I haven't heard the final word yet. I think
she's going to give me the egg eventually, though if it's a golden
eagle egg I'll have to turn it over to HREC or someone who can legally
Thanks for everyone's advice and interest.
Once again I'd like to request that emails that might be of general
interest be sent to everyone on Mendobirds rather than just the