Golf ball in a nest.

To: "'Graeme Chapman'" <>, <>
Subject: Golf ball in a nest.
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 12:34:47 +1000
Little Ravens regularly take golf balls from the course at Edithvale and
deposit drop them on the adjacent wetlands SE of Melbourne.

Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia  

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Graeme Chapman
Sent: Monday, 25 May 2015 11:51 AM
Subject: Golf ball in a nest.

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
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