[Tweeters] ID by one feather?

Mike Munts muntsm at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 22:16:01 PDT 2011


Anna,

You can also try the US Fish and Wildlife Service's online feather atlas. It
has a feather ID tool you might try. For those of you who are not familiar
with this site, the entire site deals with the identification of single
feathers and includes an easy to use tool that will walk you the ID. It it
limited to wing and tail feathers but does include most US species.

Mike
Colville

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:46 PM, Anna Coles <acolesmauve at hotmail.com> wrote:


> Hello, Tweetsters,

>

> I got a glimpse of the back of a bird in a forested area off Highway 97

> between Toppenish and Goldendale (in the state park?); my friend took a

> picture of a feather, which might be from the mystery bird. (I can find out

> location more precisely if needed.) The time was late September 2011.

>

> Here is what I saw: a large bird (around Peregrine Falcon size--definitely

> larger than a crow) flying away from me, overall solid dark slate

> blue/gray. It was in a mixed pine/fir forest, to my recollection. The

> wings seemed long to me, but not pointed like a falcon's wing.

>

> If you send me an email message, I can forward the image of the feather to

> you, if you want to try to ID the bird. That email address is

> acoles at uw.edu.

>

> Anyone have an idea what the bird might be?

>

> Thank you,

> Anna Coles

> Seattle

>

>

>

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