As I walked round the pond I spotted a couple of birds busily helping to strip the downy seeds (apologies for picture quality – it was the best my phone could do). I looked them up later and I think I’ve identified them as Reed Buntings, Emberiza schoeniclus
Quote of the day:
“… then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
– William Wordsworth
Forage in March for:
Cleavers, Dandelion flowers and leaves, Gorse flowers, Ground Elder , Hop shoots, Alexanders, Primroses, Wild Plum blossom, Sweet Violets
Lovely fluffy clouds in the blue blue sky, and pretty fluffy seeds too. 😃
We’ve been enjoying some brilliant weather recently, with days of completely clear skies … so it was actually nice to see these clouds adding to the general fluffiness quotient of the walk. 😉
I always thought this was a North American native, but I see now that several species are common in both America and Europe. It is a valuable food source here for muskrat, beaver and birds, which also use the fluff for nesting. A handsome plant!
I can definitely understand its use as a nesting material. It was super soft!
You say ‘bulrush,’ but it certainly looks like our cattail. When I checked, I found that there are about thirty species in the Typha genus, so ours certainly are related to yours, even if not the same species. I’ve never seen a bird in the act of pulling out fluff; lucky you to have found them.
It is interesting that is such a good food resource, because the fluff looks completely inedible with no seed content to speak of. It must be there though!