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#1 cwj2323

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:54 PM

What a surprise! One of the children found today. A Barn Swallow nest in the garage. He noticed the striped feather and took a picture. Using the FWS feather atlas, we're having a hard time narrowing it down.

Thanks for any help.
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

Should I post this in the Help Me forum??

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

Dang, all I can say is to use the feather atlas. It could be many different birds.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:29 AM

It looks like a feather from the belly of a Great-horned Owl, but I'm not 100% sure that's what it is. The feather atlas is only good for tail and wing feathers.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:29 PM

Thank you for replying. It is very possible it is a Great Horned. We know they are in the area.

I have to admit I was surprised about this photo after I learned exactly where the nest is. It is not easy to get to. My son mentioned he stood on a counter and held the camera over his head to get this shot. This Barn Swallow couple were smart where they put the nest. Even with all the spots a cat or whatever can climb on, there is no way they get make a good jump at this.

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