February 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm #5874
I did not know that the Whiting company was here in Delta Colorado. But I found this little video interesting.February 4, 2017 at 9:44 am #5875
Too bad he doesn’t deal in anything but stiff feathers. It would be great if he dealt in game bird feathers so we wouldn’t have to go to the UK to get them.February 4, 2017 at 10:02 am #5878
Like I said in the other post, I like to support our home teams as much as I can. Whiting can be expensive, and I hear Collins Hackle is very good and you get more & pay less. I can’t see why I would go anywhere else. But they are not sold here and I have to call for an order. Whiting is convenient & can get expensive.
As for game birds, it would be nice if someone here dealt in them. I’m sure there is somebody in the USA who does. It would seem unlikely if someone didn’t. Surely there has to be, wouldn’t you think?February 4, 2017 at 10:13 am #5879
You can get Partridge and Grouse, but some of the other birds are impossible. I’m not sure we even have some of the the birds in the US? I never checked. Golden Plover is impossible to get even in the UK and it’s my favorite feather.February 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm #5882
I never heard of Golden Plover. O.k., I just looked it up. See them all the time around lakes here, just didn’t know what they were called.
Do the Starlings only come from across the pond? Seems like we should have them as well for as many as I see flying around.February 4, 2017 at 1:18 pm #5884
The plover only stops in the US while migrating from Canada/Alaska to South America. The problem with a lot of the birds is they’re protected. You could go out and kill them, but it’s not legal and you could never sell them to the public.
It’s funny the Brits always talk about getting feathers from road kill. I can’t ever remember seeing small birds as road kill. What killed them? Hit by a car? I’ve never hit a bird. How common is that? The Brits must aim for them.February 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm #5890
I swear, there have been times out here on the county roads you would believe some birds want to commit suicide. I had had a bird fly into my grill and die up against the radiator. I knew I hit it and looked for signs of hitting it when I got to work. Nothing. A few weeks later my wife asked me if I knew there was a bird stuck between my grill and radiator. Well I’ll be, there it was. I almost had an owl come through my windshield. Darn thing came right out of the dark and was coming right at my truck and flew right over the top. Scared the tar out of me. Looked like something out of a horror movie.
But plovers, I have seen them running on the side of the road at Union Res., but they seem smart enough to get out of the way.February 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm #5891
I guess i’ve been lucky with birds. Although i’ve come to a sliding stop many times trying to avoid deer. I swear they’re trying to commit suicide.February 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm #5892
The one animal that’s amazing to me why it’s not on the endangered list is the racoon. I see 50 of them dead on the road to 1 skunk. And sometimes they are in groups. One night coming home I hit a group of them. One was so very badly injured I had to put it out of it’s misery. That was tough for me to do because the initial hits were accidental. But to have to..I want to say murder one to re-leave it from it’s pain was hard to do. It was the right thing to do, but I felt bad hitting them in the first place. Now I had to kill one on purpose because of what happened. Its not fun & I didn’t enjoy it at all.February 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm #5894
We have wild turkeys down the road. Sometimes they cross the road. I wonder what Fish & Game would think if they saw a dead wild turkey that’s been ran over, but stripped of it’s feathers? 😕😏February 5, 2017 at 7:23 am #5901
If starling is on your list of feathers wanted (and their breast feathers are great for soft hackles), I think you’ll find these non-native invasives enjoy NO protection in your country or mine. A few dozen were introduced to New York City by some moron who thought it would be nice to bring all the species of bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays and now they are a scourge, especially for sensitive cavity nesters like bluebirds and flickers. Usually the only limitations are that you harvest them safely and humanely (I recommend a .177 pellet gun)
As far as your sympathies for the trash pandas you hit with your car, I would suggest that your chances of having much of an impact on their population runs somewhere between remote and none. A few summers ago I had a real problem with them on my property doing damage to my garden at the same time that my neighbour was losing barnyard fowl. I ‘harvested’ 9 and she took out 12. They didn’t stop coming; we just gave up. It was explained to me that, if you kill one, four will come for the funeral.
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