Friday, October 30, 2015

Feathers on Friday

Black-Capped Chickadee in Flight

I caught this Black-capped Chickadee in mid flight after getting a seed from one of my feeders.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Birds of Prey

Can they coexist?

This is one of resident Red Shouldered Hawks that is here year round.  Their nest is close by somewhere in the woods behind my house.  They are very loud and seem to be very territorial especially during the breeding and nesting season.  

This is the Cooper's Hawk that I have been seeing periodically in my yard.  I was only able to get a quick shot of him since he comes and goes pretty fast.  Can these two coexist in the same territory? I'm not sure they can.  From all I have read and know about Red Shouldered Hawks, they chase crows, owls and other hawks away.  This Cooper's Hawk probably has reason to move quickly.  

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Who does this belong to?

Can you ID this feather?

My sister sent me this shot and really stumped me for awhile on what bird this came from.  The feather was found in a wooded area, fairly close to the ocean in Rhode Island.  It measures about 14" long.  She saw a large hawk/bird of prey in the yard with a white underside.  So you can you ID this feather? 
Was this feather from the hawk? Or the prey of the hawk? Or completely unrelated?  
Comment below on what you think.  Stay tuned for the answer.  

The answer is: Wild Turkey.  The hawk was unrelated as a Turkey is way too big of prey for a probably a Red-Tailed Hawk.