I have stared preparing the flower beds for fall plantings and just finished pulling out the fried daisy plant. I was surprised to see these eight eggs underneath. I screamed dropped the plant and ran! All I could think of were snakes!! After I ran into the safety of the house and caught my breath, I felt pretty stupid. After all, I'm big strong farm girl, for heavens sake! So I waited till my husband came home to go back out and take another look. He seems to think they are a little large to be bird eggs. But then again, we are both "egg-norant" and don't know anything about eggs except chicken eggs. I would certainly have noticed had a chicken been in my garden! The only other bigger birds that come around here are coots, but they leave in the spring. Unless they layed the eggs at night, I'm sure I would have seen them.
Two were intact and six were cracked opened.
My planter is about 4 feet high and I'm not sure if a bird would nest here. I am not sure what they could be and I'm asking for help identifying the eggs. Maybe quail? They are about the size of dove eggs, maybe a tad larger with dark brown spots. The plant was at the edge near the light fixture. Some were under the soil, the cracked ones were just lying on top of the soil. I'm not sure if or what kinds of ?birds lay that many eggs