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11-20-14 feathers-mystery photoAll of these feathers came from the same bird. Hint: this bird can be found in all 50 states. Do you know its identity? All guesses welcome (enter under “comments”). Tomorrow’s post will reveal answer.

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68 responses

  1. Kyle Jones

    Starling!

    Kyle Jones

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    November 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm

  2. Val Cunningham

    How about a European starling, Mary?
    Val Cunningham

    November 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  3. Elliot

    Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

  4. Josh Wood

    Looks like a Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  5. Vikke Jas

    STURNUS VULGARIS??

    November 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  6. starling!!!

    November 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm

  7. Rebecca Weil

    Partridge or grouse.

    November 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm

  8. Kathie Fiveash

    Joining the starling gang.

    November 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm

  9. david putnam

    Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm

  10. Rebecca

    Everyone is saying starling, but I’ll go for grouse or partridge.

    November 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  11. Rachael Cohen

    European starling!

    Rachael

    November 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  12. Has to be starling! They’re pests, but these closeups really are beautiful!

    November 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm

  13. My guess, based on fly tying for trout fishing as well as bird watching, is the English Starling?

    November 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm

  14. I am in agreement with all of the above! It is also in every Province in Canada

    November 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  15. laure

    yes, they asre all from one bird – a finch?

    November 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm

  16. Starling?

    November 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm

  17. Judith Williams

    Starlings really do have an amazing variety of feathers

    November 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  18. Gene Venable

    Probably a Mallard.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

  19. Steve Adams

    This one’s easy. The bird is Hazel Hainsworth. She was sweet but insane. Hazel had a huge hat made of all different kinds of feathers, and because she liked her scotch, her navigation skills were somewhat dull, and she always made a point of telling people she’d been lost in every state in the nation, including Alaska.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

  20. Betsy Baker

    European Starling – winter plumage

    November 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  21. Sue Wetmorr

    This is tricky as you said the bird is found in all 50 states. First thought it a mallard but the white speckles I don’t recall on one. Since Hawaii is included I’m going to guess it has to be a domestic chicken.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  22. Tinka McArdle

    I haven’t checked Hawaii, but both the red winged blackbird and winter wren appear to be in all other states.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  23. Starling??

    November 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  24. martha Pfeiffer,

    It is adult non-breeding European Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

  25. Danielle

    Starling?

    November 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

  26. gail page

    Kestrel?

    November 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  27. Bill On The Hill...

    My first guess was a starling also & a quick check on the internet ( yes, I cheated ) confirmed it… :~)

    November 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

  28. Lou

    Is it a hawk of some type?

    November 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  29. European starling!

    November 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  30. Kathryn Dean

    Wild Turkey

    November 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  31. I think these feathers are from a wild turkey.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

  32. These feathers look like they could be from the wild turkeys I see around my yard.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  33. Ilene

    Wild Turkey! Tis the season.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

  34. beautiful patterns . . . looks like a European Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

  35. common starling

    November 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  36. common starling?

    November 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

  37. Dean and Susan Greenberg

    European Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

  38. Susan Carr

    Grackle

    November 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm

  39. Debora Cherington

    I have a lot of wild turkeys in my fields, woods, and by the sides of the road. Could the color on rump feathers be the grouping of these feathers. I know as a preschool teacher that the feathers are not colored like we have kids color their “hand turkeys”.

    November 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  40. janetpesaturo

    European starling.

    November 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

  41. Jeanne

    I agree with starling!

    November 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

  42. Rachael

    European starling!

    November 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  43. Mel

    Pheasant?

    November 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

  44. Mike

    peacock

    November 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  45. Al Stoops

    Sue Wetmorr beat me to it, but I was going to say Asian Jungle Fowl, which has got to be the most numerous bird in all 50 states.

    November 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  46. Susan Sawyer

    A starling, as many others have figured out. Surprisingly interesting birds, for quite a few reasons.

    November 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  47. Betsy janeway

    It’s a European Starling!

    November 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

  48. Don Clark

    Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm

  49. Brad Wheeler

    I’m guessing that feather is from a starling.

    November 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm

  50. Susan Hardy

    European Starling

    November 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm

  51. Jean Harrison

    Starling

    November 21, 2014 at 12:39 am

  52. Bob Olney

    European starling

    November 21, 2014 at 1:34 am

  53. Suzanne

    Starling?

    November 21, 2014 at 1:35 am

  54. EUROPEAN STARLING

    November 21, 2014 at 1:39 am

  55. Charlie Perakis

    Domestic chicken

    November 21, 2014 at 1:41 am

  56. Gwyn Loud

    European Starling

    November 21, 2014 at 2:18 am

  57. Maria van Beuren

    I wish I had known Hazel Hainsworth!

    November 21, 2014 at 3:00 am

  58. Renee Bachman

    European starling

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    November 21, 2014 at 4:17 am

  59. pheasant?

    November 21, 2014 at 4:21 am

  60. Starling.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:22 am

  61. pheasant? Sorry if I submitted this twice.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:22 am

  62. judilindsey@comcast.net

    Is it a partridge? Judi

    November 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

  63. David Fedor-Cunningham

    Starling

    November 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  64. Cheryl Ring

    My guess: European Starling – first year and winter-fall plumage

    November 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  65. Starling?

    November 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  66. Marylee Bomboy

    I think it’s a wild turkey.

    November 22, 2014 at 1:40 am

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