Three Feathers in a Week

Three feathers; Cooper's Hawk, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay

I found these three feathers in the span of two weeks. The thing is — I wasn’t looking for them. When gifts from nature seem to fall from the sky onto my path, I can’t help but take it personally. Probably I was just looking more closely or maybe it was molting season. Whatever, these feathers buoyed my spirits.

Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Flicker, and Blue Jay

Using this feather identification tool from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I determined that the large striped feather was from a Cooper’s Hawk, the yellow from a Northern Flicker. And, though I couldn’t find the blue one, I think it’s from a Blue Jay.

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Flicker Bird
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

Bird images from website AllAboutBirds

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