Goldfinches are particularly attracted to thistle. Not only do they pull the seeds out to eat, goldfinches use the thistle down, the pappus, to line their nest.
The answer to last week’s mystery is the flower head of bull thistle, Cirsium vulgare, pictured in photo #2.
In addition to medicinal uses, thistle seed fluff can serve as tinder, and the inner bark can be used in paper-making.
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