Any guesses on who this feather belongs to?
Found in Sebastopol on 10 June 2012
Note the plumulaceous barbs at the base of the feather — the loose, downy parts that are soft and fluffy. They aid in insulation.
Our best guess is Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). I wish I had better photos of a Red-shouldered Hawk, but here are a couple from our yard in Sebastopol:
Note the black tail feathers with distinct white bands.
Can you find the hawk in the photo below?
This individual was perched very high in a redwood tree. Below is a zoomed in view.
Red-shouldered Hawks can be seen year-round on Bodega Head, but they are less common than Red-tailed Hawks.