Our smallest and eldest Jack Russell, Minnow, brings me presents on the morning and evening walks and deposits them at my feet. At this time of year the favourite seasonal present is a walnut shell, and usually just one half of the shell, but this morning I was presented with a monster intact walnut shell but drilled out and the kernel removed.
We see the rooks, and crows, flying over with nuts in their beaks which they then drop from a great height onto a hard surface to crack them and make it easier to get the tasty kernel out. This nut has come from one of the trees that produces truly huge nuts and they are pretty well twice the size of a normal walnut. Obviously it has resisted the impact of the drop but not the final frustrated, pneumatic drilling of the beak.
I wonder if they are partial to a drop of port?