Friday, November 17, 2023

Feathers and Fuzzies

 
We see some unusual sights when we hike and one thing I find interesting is the feathers on the trail.


I don't see one every time I hike, so I've been saving these photos for about a month. 


It's hard to know what bird they come from but it's fun to speculate!


Do you see one you can identify?


And then there are the fuzzies.

I had no idea what this was until I did an online search.


Salt Marsh Tiger Moth


I found a good website for the ID HERE.

It's fun to spot caterpillars in the tall grasses too.


Something just draws your eye to them.


How about these?


Can you spot two of them?


And just for fun, a titmouse flew towards me and I think I involuntarily took a pic! lol


It's a beautiful Fall in Florida, cooler temps and even some much needed rain showers.

Photos taken from Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. 

"Happy Hiking"

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

  and Mosaic Monday HERE !  

38 comments:

Tom said...

...have a soft and fluffy weekend.

Jim and Barb's Adventures said...

If I were to guess, I would say an egret. There are not too many birds that are that snow white! I have never heard of a Salt White Tiger Moth, but they certainly are interesting.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

What wonderful sights you see on your hikes. I enjoyed looking at those pretty feathers. I hope you have a nice weekend and a happy Thanksgiving.

Cloudia said...

Beautiful post

MadSnapper said...

that moth is spectacular! wow and wow again. I love all the feathers, no matter what they came from. we got 1/8 inch one day and another 1/8 the next. that is it, we are so bad now they are talking no more watering of grass

Aunt Helen said...

Hi Diane, What lovely, fuzzy, fluffy, soft animals those treasures came! I think some were Rabbits. I Love Bunnies! The yellow flowers were so pretty. The creepy, crawlers, are cute! All in all, a very nice hike!

roentare said...

The fluffy feathers and textures are really special! What a selection!

Soma @ InkTorrents.com said...

I sometimes find feathers in the garden too, but I can only identify Blue jay feathers. A lovely post full of soft and fuzzies!! I like seeing all the little things you find on trails.

-Soma

happyone said...

Your photos are lovely as always.
Yes, it would be fun if we could go walking together. I really don't walk that fast. :)

Ann said...

I can't identify any of them but those feathers are all wonderful. I have never heard of that kind of moth. It's really quite spectacular.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Fun photos
I have no idea what bird they go to.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

those are some amazing photos! I love the feathers! And then the caterpillars are so interesting. That picture of the Titmouse in flight is exceptional! Perfect shot!!! Thank you for sharing with us. This was lovely!

Terri D said...

Great photos!! You have a great eye!!

Linda said...

You have such a good eye for spotting things! Love seeing what YOU see!!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

You have a good eye for all the little things! Such cute little caterpillars and fun to guess who lost their feathers. I have no clue...Glad you are getting some nice weather for your hikes. x K

Caroline said...

Beautiful the feathers. Have a nice weekend !

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane,
I wish I could id the feathers, sorry I am no help.
Love the Titmouse in flight shot.
Great captures and caterpillar finds. The moth is a beauty.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Lea said...

Feathers are fascinating! I have two large ones in a container next to my computer. One is black with a white edge, perhaps from a vulture. The other one is brown with black crossways stripes, perhaps from a hawk or an owl.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

carol l mckenna said...

Such delicate and divine photos of the 'feathers' ~ thanks,

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Bill said...

The titmouse in flight is a fantastic capture. The feathers are interesting, what a great idea to photograph them. Have a wonderful weekend and keep on hiking.

RedPat said...

I have no idea what the feathers are from. I always like spotting a caterpillar unless it is eating my plants of course.

John's Island said...

Hi Diane, Very interesting post! Neat idea to collect the feathers for IDing. My first time to see a Salt Marsh Tiger Moth … wow! Thanks for taking us along! John

magiceye said...

Amazing fluff captures and that of the titmouse in flight!

EricaSta said...

Feathers are from wings, isn't. Birds fly away to heaven, seeing the clouds, the sun, the moon. So we get for a moment emotional wings if we find a feather...

...very fine to read, I enjoyed so much dear Diane.

Have a good week, hugs by Heidrun

Phil Slade said...

You did well spotting the caterpillars Diane. It looks to me like the first feather is from a raptor and the white ones from egrets, especially if they are near water. Enjoy your Sunday.

Irma said...

I think the moth is beautiful, I also like the different feathers.
Greetings Irma

Lowcarb team member said...

A very nice collection of feathers you've shared.
You never quite know what you may see/encounter on a hike, I always enjoy your photographs.

Wishing you a good week ahead.

All the best Jan

Red Rose Alley said...

I don't know what feathers those birds belong to, but that white one sure is lovely. The caterpillar photos are cool too. You always come across some interesting things on your hikes. A deer visited on my back porch recently, and it was such a surprise. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

~Sheri

Shiju Sugunan said...

Wow, those are some incredible finds! It's always a treat to stumble upon hidden wonders in nature. Hats off to your quick reflexes in capturing the titmouse as well!

Linda said...

Oh, I love the bird flying towards you!

Wally Jones said...

I can hardly identify the birds with all their feathers on it. A single feather? I don't have a chance.

Great pics of our fall trails. A little rain has produced a bumper crop of blooms which has produced a bumper crop of bugs. Just in time for a bumper crop of migrating birds to eat 'em!

It's a new week already. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Teresa said...

Me encanta tu entrada. Yo soy como tu, siempre voy buscando de todo para fotografiar. Besos y feliz semana.

Aritha V. said...

What a fantastic blog. I love feathers. Usually, I pick them up. Yesterday, I saw a lot of white feathers on the forest floor in one place. I think a bird got caught by a buzzard.

Warm European hugs,
Aritha

Tanza Erlambang said...

you found something interesting...
Thank you for sharing

Gillena Cox said...

Diane
Very interesting collection of feather; nice other photos too

Muchđź–¤love

Barbara said...

Your eye for spotting the unusual in nature is amazing. I enjoy your pictures. Happy Thanksgiving!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I come across feathers every once in a while on my hides. Usually feathers kind of like yours but sometimes a big mess of duck feathers that I think indicates a coyote got a hold of a waterfowl. Occasionally a hawk or owl feather. I leave all the finds in place and take only photos so the next person can enjoy the find.

Jeannie said...

Loved the titmouse picture - great job catching the shot. It looks like something chasing you in a horror movie. Shows how pictures can be deceptive.
Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry