Sandhill Crane Feather
My brother found this feather last fall while hiking. The distinctive shape and size identify it as a tertial feather, one of the innermost flight feathers on the wing. The feather measures 13.0 inches (33.0 cm) in total length, and the vane (feathered portion) is 10 5/8 inches (27.0 cm) long and 2 3/4 inches (7.0 cm) wide. The tip of the feather is discolored and partially decayed from being stuck in the soil of a potted plant. This feather was picked up from the ground after having been molted (dropped) by the bird. No birds were harmed in the acquisition of this feather.