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Feather

Observed: 26th June 2011 By: JessiccaMooreJessiccaMoore’s reputation in Birds
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kath's picture

Sparrowhawk

Could this be a sparrowhawk's tail feather? How big was the feather?

JessiccaMoore's picture

It was about 20cm long.

It was about 20cm long.

ophrys's picture

Tail feather

Sparrowhawk tail feathers are grey with dark brown bars. The tip of the feather has a dark band and there are only 4 or 5 dark bars.

This looks like an Owl feather, and is a wing feather, with loose plumes on the inner edge. Pretty sure it is a Tawny Owl.

Ian
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lordro's picture

Silent Hunter.

The loose plumes on the inner edge baffle the air flow in fight, enabling owls to strike silently, coming out of nowhere.

bobthebirder's picture

moulting owls

I had a similar feather brought to me last weekend, from Southampton. Perhaps tawnies moult at this time of year?

Bob Ford

JessiccaMoore's picture

Thanks

Thank you all for the information :)