I started cleaning the yard yesterday and I found this . .
Just to show size comparison I took the second image.
a Red Tailed Hawk Egg (or what's left of the egg). This family of Hawks has been nesting in our yard without incident for years. Apparently the family continues to grow and spread around the neighborhood. We were once told that they were an federally protected species but I could not find that on an Internet search.
Last year they swooped down, several times, towards our petite pets. This eggs is just a reminder that we better not let the dogs out by themselves this year.
Pictures taken with my 50mm Nikon D300 with the natural sun light that I LOVE so much.