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#1 Celine Cross

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:30 PM

I was walking near a stream in Southwest Virginia today, March 08, 2010 and discovered several feathers on the ground.  They grabbed my attention because of their color -  orange, yellow, brown.  I did not see a bird around to help me identify who they belonged to.   I hope that you can.  Thanks for your help! 

 

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#2 Cavan Wood

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:36 PM

Welcome to whatbird Celine.  I can't help you with the ID yet, but here's a link that explains attachements

http://www.whatbird....ead/117221.aspx

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 06:59 PM

I have no idea who these feathers belong to but I am making this post to move it up for others the see who might know. The addition of the picture I assume will help greatly.



#4 Shane Mercer

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:08 PM

They remind me of a Varied Thrush, but I am by no means an expert.


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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:10 PM

Do Varied's even have feathers that big?

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:14 PM

Probably not.  I suppose I should have opted to use that tissue as a point of reference.  Hmmmm. I will return to try again!


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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:15 PM

No, they do not. These are not the feathers of a Varied Thrush. There probably most likely to be the feathers from a duck of some sort, though I can't tell right off the back what these really belong to.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:25 PM

Back to guess again! What about a Least Bittern?


#9 stewart1998

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:27 PM

Looks like Flicker feathers to me.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:27 PM

I believe those are Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker feathers.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:28 PM

I think they are flicker feathers, too.  Look how there is a defined point at the end of some of them (typical of woodpecker tail feathers), plus black and white barring, and a yellow shaft. 



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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:30 PM

Yup, Flicker feathers for sure.  I have found the same feathers and it took me awhile to figure out what they were, but for sure Flicker.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:32 PM

stewart1998:
Looks like Flicker feathers to me.

Yup flicker it is got this picture off google.

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#14 Shane Mercer

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:34 PM

Ah well. There goes my random guesses on a slow night. ;)

 

I found a site shortly after listing a ton of feathers that I was looking at, so it's not all lost. Always good to find new resources!



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Posted 11 March 2010 - 05:34 AM

Haha, I was just over on the Ohio Ornith. Society's forums; looks like Flicker feathers are popular this week: http://www.ohiobirds...pic.php?id=1323

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 06:31 AM

I am glad you posted this.  I found the same looking feathers in the summer and was completely dumbfounded at first. 

I agree with Northern Flicker yellow shafted



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Posted 11 March 2010 - 08:28 AM

greypaper:

Ah well. There goes my random guesses on a slow night. ;)

 

I found a site shortly after listing a ton of feathers that I was looking at, so it's not all lost. Always good to find new resources!

PLEASE! Give me the link! lol I need to look over feathers again...



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Posted 11 March 2010 - 08:37 AM

BirderMadeleine:
greypaper:

Ah well. There goes my random guesses on a slow night. ;)

 

I found a site shortly after listing a ton of feathers that I was looking at, so it's not all lost. Always good to find new resources!

PLEASE! Give me the link! lol I need to look over feathers again...

A really good site for feathers is the Feather Atlas: http://www.lab.fws.g...atlas/index.php 



#19 BirderMadeleine

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 08:40 AM

Obnates:
BirderMadeleine:
greypaper:

Ah well. There goes my random guesses on a slow night. ;)

 

I found a site shortly after listing a ton of feathers that I was looking at, so it's not all lost. Always good to find new resources!

PLEASE! Give me the link! lol I need to look over feathers again...

A really good site for feathers is the Feather Atlas: http://www.lab.fws.g...atlas/index.php 

 

Much thanks Obnates...looking forward to using it for future feather IDs!



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Posted 15 March 2010 - 02:41 PM

Thanks for all who responded!  My photo does not really do justice to the feathers.  A friend of a friend had the feathers in hand and made a guess that these were from an Eastern Meadowlark - much beloved by the feline family.




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