[Tweeters] feather ID

J. Acker owler at sounddsl.com
Sat Jun 25 12:50:38 PDT 2016

Valerie & Tweeters,

Here is are two great resources for IDing feathers:



I believe what you found was the leading primary to the left wing of an adult Great Horned Owl.


J. Acker

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Bainbridge Island, WA

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Valerie Anderson
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 12:20 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] feather ID

Hi Tweets,

This week I was backpacking in the Teanaway region (Bean Creek/Stafford Creek/Navaho Pass), which is just NE of Cle Elum. I found a feather right in the middle of the trail, at about 4000 or 5000 feet elevation. Using my feather identification book, we concluded that it belongs to a Great Gray Owl....but I didn't know they visited that area. I have been unsuccessfully seeking out these owls for the past few years and it would be so ironic that I would stumble across one of their feathers when I wasn't even thinking about them!

Any insight to confirm or reject this identification? It is about 10" in length, and has all the characteristics of an owl feather. Sorry the photos are not the greatest. Here's the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64943435@N07/


Valerie Anderson

Olympia, WA

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