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Old 03-21-2011, 10:25 AM   #21
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A cluster of feathers spread out on the ground tells us a predator has taken this bird.
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It's hard to tell what type of bird this was just by looking at its body feathers.
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A closer look reveals a few longer flight and tail feathers mixed in.
These are the clue feathers to look for when trying to identify a kill.
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The long tail feathers (in yet another case) shows this one to have been a pheasant.

Predators, pluck the feathers from their prey before ingesting.
If the feathers had been laying in the snow you might have been able to identify its predator by its tracks.
Without them, you may be able to determine whether it was taken by a canine or avian predator by taking a closer look at the feather shafts.
Holes in the shaft or ground off tail feathers would lead us to believe it was taken by a canine.
Crushed bases on the feathers would more than likely point towards an avian predator plucking them free with their bill.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:50 AM   #22
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So what are you sitting here for? Searching for more feather shots? More info?
You too could be adding to this thread. As a matter of fact, adding to ANY thread.
The more others add, the more interesting "W.G." becomes....
Ok, Ok, It looks like I must toss in yet another.
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A piebald robin. Sporting partial unpigmented (albino) areas.
AND..... There's a Lot, LOT more of the piebalds to look at in the bottom area of this link. Albino Robin 2009
I'm sure you will find them very fascinating!
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:15 AM   #23
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All one needs to do is look!
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There are feathers floating in the wind
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laying upon the water
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Snagged on brush
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branches
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and seed-heads.
All awaiting to be plucked up and used....To feather ones nest.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:23 PM   #24
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All one needs to do is look!
...There are feathers floating in the wind
laying upon the water...
Great shots, hava!
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:09 AM   #25
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That's it!
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Rest time...
Birds nestle their heads upon their back to rest their neck muscles and conserve heat.
Some birds sleep with a foot tucked under their belly. Another form of heat preservation.
Sleeping with their head over their back also helps keep their balance while sleeping on one leg.
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:18 PM   #26
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Soooooo
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What kind of bird do you THINK it was?
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After gathering its main feathers.
I HATE that darn cat!!!! Already Pood in my newly raked flower beds too!
I just sprayed fox urine out there. Maybe THAT will keep the puddy tat away. Nothing else it will protect my florals from the rabbits and deer.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:05 AM   #27
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I see no one's stepped in to take a shot at identifying it.
Sooooo Looking at the stripes, I'd guess it to be a mourning dove.

Here's a new cluster I found afloat.
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Anyone care to take a guess at It's I.D.?
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:54 AM   #28
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Freeeeeeee falling.
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A freshly dropped feather blowing in the wind.
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I've got a boatload of interesting chicken feathers.... I keep thinking I should be collecting them to pass off somewhere. What the heck can be done with chicken feathers? Teachers are pretty creative. Think I should start sorting the feathers and bundling them for craft projects?
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:10 AM   #30
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I saved the vivid feathers my domestic birds dropped for years thinking someday I'd create a feather picture.....
I never did make one having seen what weevils and clothing moths do to such things.
Same as furs.....If they are not moth proofed they will disappear in a hurry!
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