Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:38 PM
I found a couple of these along the trail near a swamp in SE TN. My first thought was red-shouldered hawk. Opinions?
Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:54 PM
Don't know how much this helps, unfortunately.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:41 PM
Thanks. Using this site I ruled out both red shouldered and red tailed. The closest match I got was for a male whippoorwill tail feather. Chuck wills widow was also close but not as good a match.
I use this site to help ID feathers.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:49 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:50 PM
The whippoorwill tail feathers shown on the FWS site were 12 inches. I don't that it is necessarily a flight feather. The photo makes it look like shaft is off center but it is really pretty much centered.
Didn't even think of that! I think given the length of the feather, you're looking at a primary, though. Whip-poor-wills average 9.75 inches in total length, and Chuck's average 12 inches. Given the wingspans, I'd say between the two that Chuck's a better bet. (Chuck = 26 inch wingspan, Whip = 19 inch)
Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:28 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:01 PM
Damn metric system! First the Mars lander and now this.
Take another look at that website -- they measure in cm. Which fits with the lengths I'm getting from Sibley's and Pyle.
The next best match in appearance is wild turkey tail feathers if you ignore the light tip of the wild turkey feather. So I have no idea.
EDIT: the female turkey secondaries aren't too far off.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:46 PM
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