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What a treasure this is! Almost as good as finding a Jay feather, and just as distinctive, with the green colour all down one side of the central spine (called the rachis). Of course, I brought it home … I was going to write ‘to add to my collection’ but my collection is gone. All the gorgeous feathers I had collected and placed in a container in my living room were attacked by house moths earlier this year, munched to smithereens by their larvae. Now I only keep the smaller feathers I find and glue them into my nature journals, where I’m hoping they’ll be safe.

220809 feather green woodpecker