Nature of golf, sorry for your loss of ball, play on?
Looks like that’s how they ended up ruling it, even though it sounds like his group and not he himself was questioning it?
If the ball is deflected by a bird or other creature during the shot, it’s play it where it lands; if in a hazard, too bad. If the shot has been made and the ball has come to rest and it is then moved by a bird or other animal, the ball may be replaced where it came to rest.
How did they rule on the pitch where Randy Johnson hit a bird? Ball? Redo?
It was actually called a no pitch, but I would agree it was the most memorable in MLB history.