Sunday morning we found an odd feather out by the chicken pen. The chickens are now all secure with the roof on their pen, so I don't have worry about an owl or a hawk getting one of them. And it looks like we got them safe in the nick of time!
|feather found outside chicken pen|
At first we thought this feather must belong to Boy Guinea, but he has round spots on his feathers, not stripes. Then we thought a great horned owl, we have lots of them. Or maybe a barred owl. But after researching them, it just doesn't look like their feathers. Maybe a red-tailed hawk? Nope, not that, either.
After more research, it looks like a Peregrine Falcon feather. Here's a link to Google images for Peregrine Falcon feather images:
I'm not positive, but the peregrine falcon just looked the closest. And then I researched the peregrine falcon - wow! I'm not sure I want that bird around here!
The Peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching speeds of over 320 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop, making it one of the fastest creatures on the planet. It's wingspan is 31–47 inches, making it a large bird. While its diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, the Peregrine will occasionally hunt small mammals, small reptiles or even insects.
My chickens are small to medium sized birds! I'm so glad we got the roof on the chicken pen when we did. Just a few days after we completed it, a monster came to get some chicken dinner. His plan was foiled, guess he had to eat some insects that night!