12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
This is the underside of a feather most likely from a red-shouldered hawk. This feather was connected to four or five others by a chunk of flesh, suggesting that the bird had been killed and eaten or possibly injured in a fight with another bird. I found them lying on moss next to a small vernal pool in the Yale Preserve, a remarkably biodiverse few acres bordered by a highway and the Yale Golf Course in New Haven.
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||Nov. 26, 2014, 5:12 p.m.