VIDEO: Buck looking for fresh food

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 31.03.2016 - 10:09

Video record and investigation Ahto Täpsi

Photo Arne Ader

Translation Liis




Roe deer    Metskits or kaber    Capreolus capreolus


In Virumaa in the Roostoja area the roe buck is out for food. In the bog bilberry kind of pine forest habitat there are not many choices. So an investigation was made to see what goes for food in such a place at this time of the year. He had nibbled at fresh shoots of hare’s-tail cottongrass (Eriophorum vaginatum). In pulling them out of the tussock he managed to get hold of the white and sweeter lower parts of the stems as well.

What however annoyed  the foresters was the fact that at the same time he also enjoyed the tops of young pines.

 Tupp-villpea pähikud enne puhkemist

Hare’s-tail cottongrass before flowering


Hare's-tail cottongrass     Tupp-villpea      Eriophorum vaginatum


It is probably the best known sedge family (Cyperaceae) species growing in bogs, eye-catching in summer with its white woolly-haired spikelets. Where Sphagnum, or peat moss, grows there we will also find hare’s-tail cottongrass. The woolly white spikelets are seed heads, the plant flowers with yellowish flowers from April onwards.


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