Friday, August 26, 2011

Nom nom

On a recent walk in the field near the apartments, I spotted a flash of iridescent green amid the dead cheatgrass.



It was a chunk of what used to be a bird, feathers with a bit of skin and bone attached. I bent down and took a few photographs, planning on picking it up to try to identify the species. Within seconds, Sammie swooped in centimeters from my lens and snatched the delicious morsel and ran a few yards away. She crunched it down like it was the best thing she'd ever tasted, all the while giving me the paranoid "OMG-mom's-gonna-take-it-away-any-second" glances that dogs are so good at.





So. Can anyone use these two photographs to identify the species of bird my dog just ate?


Rick said...

I can't identify it by the pictures, but they are great pics. It might help someone identify if they know the region you lived in and about how long the feathers were.

Suzanne said...

North eastern Oregon in an area of sagebrush near a stand of shrubs and trees that provide great cover for all kinds of birds. I've seen pheasants here before, so I'm pretty sure these are body feathers from one of them.

Zab said...

Just wanted to say that that's one special dog. Is he (she?) born with three legs or is there an accident involved?

I'm looking forward to reading back in old blog posts of yours, this seems like a fun blog. :)

Suzanne said...

Thanks Zab. You can read more about Sammy here:

Her leg was crushed by a horse when she was a puppy and had to be amputated.

Retrieverman said...

I was going to say pheasant, but you already figured it out!