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wood pigeons

Feather and Moss

Sunday 23rd September 2001, West Yorkshire

moss from garden THIS FEATHERY-LEAVED moss, which looks like a miniature fern in close-up, has lots of rusty-coloured spore cases, each growing on the end of a hairlike stem. Each case is slightly curved - like a stubby banana. Its cushions of bright green leaves have colonised a shady patch of bare soil in a back garden.


Nearby on the lawn lies a grey feather, probably from a Wood Pigeon. To judge by the curve on it, it's probably a secondary feather from the left wing. I've drawn the upper surface. next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
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