"I was working on a lawn mower outside the shop and as I made a trip inside for another tool I returned just as a crow was making off with a 3/8 and 7/16 box end wrench. Their nest often has a cache of shiny and colorful little treasures."
That must be where all my lost hive tools went.
How would you like to see a cow fall from the sky...
When I was a kid and someone would say it was "raining cats and dogs" my Grandpa would relate the story of the time he saw it rain "frogs and snakes" when a tornado picked up the contents of the pond and dumped them on the house...
Hah, that phrase jogged a memory. I have an autographed copy, with a personal inscription to me, by Nancy Byrd Turner, of her book When It Rained Cats and Dogs. She didn't coin the phrase though ... goes back at least another 2 centuries earlier.
I recall being given the book, and being bewildered for days as to how such a thing could be physically possible, and how harmful that phenomenon would be to the cats and dogs.
I had a customer one day call me to repair his flashing around his chimney. He told me his roof started to leak the week before. As I inspected his roof, I found two holes about the size of quarters THROUGH his roof from the outside. Whatever it was that made these holes was forceful enough to go through the entire roof structure but could not be found.
Had a starling fall into the chimney once. Figure he was keeping warm perched there and was overcome. He fell down and slid out the furnace's slanted thing a ma jig. Free Bird! (pun intended)
Had an exhausting time trying to catch the stupid thing what with a basement with only some suspended ceiling and the laundry room/furnace room provided the access. The bird went in there.
Needless to say, there is now wire mesh over that furnace chimney!
Similar happened to me, I was on the porch, suddenly BANG and a section of vertebra bone bounced on the timbers near me. Looked up, nothing. Totally confused for a few seconds. Then a large seagull came into view circling back to see if it could reclaim it's bone.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).
Seagulls will drop things deliberately. They're known to carry clams aloft and drop them on pavement or rocks to crack them open. At one point I recall experiments down on Hatteras Island, where they painted gulls on the roads. It's not that they thought that gulls would avoid harming their own kind with this bombing activity, but would avoid being robbed by gulls in the target zone.
Looks like a chess piece to me. The hole in the bottom may be a function of the molding process used to manufacture the piece, especially if it is from a cheap set.
Just be thankful that chess piece dropping from the sky was not one of a somewhat larger scale ...
--- Practical reality trumps philosophy!