Golf ball in a nest.

Subject: Golf ball in a nest.
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 11:50:34 +1000
Hello Scott,

Australian Ravens become quite a nuisance on some golf courses because they 
steal golf balls and golfers get very cranky because if you don't actually 
witness the bird stealing the ball, you are penalised for a lost ball.

The ravens take the ball to a convenient place (like the nest you found, NOT 
normally their own nest),  where they peck it fairly viciously trying to "open" 
it. Even if you somehow get your golf ball back, it is usually so roughed up 
with peck marks, that it is no longer usable. Tony, it would have been an 
amazing putt indeed!

Golf balls are a real mouthful for an Australian Raven. It would be interesting 
to know if any of our other corvids are known to steal golf balls, either 
because of different behaviour or because their bills (mouths) are not as big.

In Tasmania it would be easy to prove - only one species there and it is our 
biggest corvid. Anybody know?


Graeme Chapman, (4 handicap once upon a time, now probably 27. The joys of 
getting older!)
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