Red-winged Blackbird sits atop a cattail in very early spring. The cattail is one of the most important and common wild foods, with a variety of uses at different times of the year. Whatever you call it, a stand of cattails is as close as you will get to finding a wild supermarket.
You can easily recognize a cattail stand: White, dense, furry, cigar-shaped overwintered seed heads stand atop very long, stout stalks, even as the young shoots first emerge in early spring.
Canon EOS 50D, f/14 @ 400 mm, 1/100, ISO 200, No Flash
© Gary Grossman Photography