I found this egg whilst clearing away an old fence that was overgrown with ivy. It was caught in the ivy and seemed to have fallen at some time from the sycamore tree directly above. It measures 6 cm x 4 cm. Tawny owls have nested previously in this tree but as far as I am aware their eggs are white. Can anyone identify it?
I would say either Pheasant or domestic hen. This size, shape, and colour are seen in both species, which show great variability:
The size and shape are certainly right for a Pheasant but the shading (dappled marking) is unusual, as all the Pheasants eggs I have seen tend to be uniform in colour. The egg was found in the Ivy rather than on the ground which seems strange for either a hen or Pheasant. Do you think it had been there a long while?
The dappling is very distinct which raised my curiosity. I am not sure how old the egg is. From its position in the ivy my first impression was that it had fallen from the syscamore tree above. I live in an urban area but the gardens are large creating an urban oasis for wildlife. I have had two pheasants in the garden but both were male. From the position of the egg in the centre of the very old and established ivy it could have been laid rather than fallen (it was about two to three feet off the ground). I am not aware of any domestic chickens having been kept in the past and I have lived in the house for ten years. Also foxes are very prevalent so keeping chickens would be difficut. The house is Victorian so it is possible chickens have been kept in the past.