While clearing a section of the garden which has become somewhat overgrown, I just now came upon this clutch of four eggs, a discovery which I hasten to communicate to our members. They do not lie in any nest, simply upon the bare earth. What species of creature could have laid them there I wonder? Not a chicken, because - at an inch and a quarter - they are slightly smaller than hen's eggs and rather less oval. Perhaps a flightless native turkey, or some lizard-thing (I don't think snakes lay eggs do they?), or a small emu, or a Tasmanian tiger, or even a human being (do ladies lay eggs does any one know?) And surely being mid-autumn in this hemisphere it is not the season for eggs? Had they however rested there for six months would not some snake have found and consumed them? One of life's many mysteries.
P.S. They are definitely not mushrooms because I gave one of them a poke.
I believe the member is right; his is the only explanation that comes close to fitting the fact, and those native chickens are often seen running across the roads. I must go down to the lower garden later to-day after what was nearly a frost overnight and see whether those eggs are still there. Once I was awoken at two in the morning by a persistent tapping at the window - went on for at least ten minutes - and upon investigation discovered a kind of large turkey-like bird on the sill. . . . The only other possibility I considered was an echidna - a kind of egg-laying hedge-hog - because mysterious gruntings are often to be heard at night - but I see from the wikipædia that they lay only one egg at a time, which they deposit directly into their pouch.