Wordless Wednesday – Fluff and stuff

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Bulrush are (unsurprisingly) well established in the new Trumpington Meadow Nature Reserve

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Their seeds are bursting those cylindrical, velvety, tight confines now and are drifting far and wide on the wind …

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

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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Fluff and stuff

  1. Cathy says:

    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. 😉

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    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!

  3. shoreacres says:

    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.

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