Ravens and balls, again

To: 'shorty' <>, "" <>
Subject: Ravens and balls, again
From: Suzanne EDGAR <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 23:08:27 +0000

Yes, ravens brought a white golf ball, presumably fr nearby Fed Golf course a few yrs back



From: shorty [
Sent: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 6:52 PM
Cc: Geoffrey Dabb <>; COG Chat <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Ravens and balls, again


Interesting that you both state coloured balls are the preferred ball for the Ravens. Over the last 5 of so Years my local Ravens have mostly bought White balls back to my place with the odd Yellow ball.


They try so hard to crack them open with their beak that i assume they think they are eggs? They even try soaking them in my Birdbath to soften them and when this fails they bury them.




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On Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 1:11 PM <> wrote:

The management of Fairbairn golf course also reports that coloured balls are more popular than white ones with Australian Ravens, and that they lurk in wait for them. Balls are sometimes dropped on the runway at the adjacent Canberra Airport, perhaps in an attempt to break them open. I also often come across golf balls of all colours in the bush far from any golf course or practice range and assume that ravens are the bearers of these. Foxes will also gnaw on them, whether before or after they have been transported by ravens I know not.



From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:46 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Ravens and balls, again


The usual conversation in the golf shop about whether ravens target orange balls or ‘will take any ball’. Notwithstanding I got a box of new Callaway bright orange matte finish. Yesterday at Royal Narrabundah at the very first hole a raven flew directly down and took the first (virgin) Callaway orange matte finish back to its pine tree.  Thereafter an ordinary white ball was used without incident. I don’t know about all Canberra courses but Narrabundah and Duntroon are particularly bad for this sort of thing.  I believe a small number of orange-fixated resident ravens are the main problem.  Certainly white balls are taken occasionally.

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