Finches at the Marsh

Small flocks of goldfinches are everywhere this year – backyard feeders, weedy fields, forest edges. I have plenty of images of them through the seasons and was thinking of just about everything but goldfinches on my way to the marsh. I had no desire to see or photograph them!

That mindset changed abruptly when I noticed a small flock doing something that I’d never seen before: foraging on cattail flowers – the male flowers. Cattails, a dominant perennial in marsh habitats, flower on a long, terminal spike with staminate flowers above (yellowish when ripe with pollen) and velvety brown pistillate flowers below (the latter will yield 200 – 300 seeds when mature).

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

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