Wood­land feather chal­lenge

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Birds moult, birds get into scraps and birds get pre­dated. There are many rea­sons why birds shed their feath­ers. And be­ing light, yet tough ker­atin struc­tures they lie around for ages, wait­ing to be found and iden­ti­fied. Here is a se­lec­tion (not to scale) of dis­tinc­tive feath­ers you may find on the wood­land floor and the points you can give your­self (I-spy-style) for find­ing them. Let us know how you get on.

1. PHEASANT 5 points

2. WOODPIGEON 5 points

3. MAG­PIE 10 points

4. GREAT SPOT­TED-WOOD­PECKER 20 points

5. GREEN WOOD­PECKER 20 points

6. TAWNY Owl 30 points

7. JAY (blue feather) 40 Points

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