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Name Those Feathers... or Bird...

posted by Tim Avery at
on Monday, October 17, 2011 

Yesterday afternoon as I watched the 49ers squeeze by the Lions I heard a thud on one of the living room windows in our house. This has become sadly common place with 10 large windows on the front of our home. Usually the thud is that of a House Sparrow or Finch fleeing something that scared them from the feeders--but this thud was a little heftier. I got up and went to the front door, opening it in time to see a Sharp-shinned Hawk dragging the victim of the horrific crash off and out of sight. All that remained of the attack were a few feathers, 2 of which I photographed and have put below. Take a look.

With that my challenge to you is to name those feathers--or more specific the bird that once owned them. I was a little surprised when I first saw the feathers, trying to tie them to the bird, but then I realized what feathers they were and it made sense. Good Luck!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like it is either a collard dove or mourning Dove. I also had a collard dove hit my window and a sharpie carry him off this spring.
Eric Peterson

October 17, 2011 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Ryan O'Donnell said...

Make a guess, then click here for what I think is the answer. (Also, this site is a GREAT resource for identifying individual feathers you might find.)

October 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous S.Wood said...

Maybe a mockingbird?

October 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Tim Avery said...

An the answer is...

Check out the link Ryan posted above (by the way, thanks Ryan, great resource), you can click through it below:

And the answer is...

The feathers I am holding are teh outer two tail feathers of the bird in question.

Good Birding

October 19, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Andrea Pax said...

Mourning dove for sure.

March 17, 2018 at 6:17 PM  

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