Small white and tan coloured feather found in garden copse. Possibly Barn Owl feather?
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can you give me an idea of scale,like getting a picture with it next to a ruler or a 10p coin or something. Thank you as this will help rule out many species. However after doing a bit of research there aren't any feathers on a barn owl that match this one to my knowledge. Your right about the colours it does have the same sandy colour like a barn owl but I think this could belong to a buzzard as they have a similar sandy colour on some parts so I think this could be a covert of a buzzard or another species, the markings would support this aswell (the dark streak running down the spine, shaft or quill or whatever you want to call it spreads out wards across the feather creating a striped look, which is typical of buzzards. However it could still be from other birds like Kestrels which share the same factors as what I've said like the colour and shape. Good luck with your searching. Scott.N.
Thanks very much for your input it is interesting. The feather is about 2 inches in length.
There is an old dead tree in the garden used occasionally as a perch by C.Buzzard and Red Kite. I thought a Barn Owl was calling during the night and found the feather under the tree the following morning. I was hoping it may have been a further indication of barn owls in the area. I suspect that it is more likely from a buzzard.
Although this time it wasn't from a barn owl, you could look for Pellets at the bottom of that tree and other trees and land in the area, different times of the year are better for this though like in autumn/winter I find many tawny owl pellets but the further in to the spring it gets the fewer I find and eventually none until the next autumn/winter time.However never the less its a nice feather to have as I collect them. Hope this helps, Scott.N.
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