West Seattle wildlife: Stop and smell the … dandelions!

June 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks, Wildlife | 9 Comments

It’s not just nuts that will stop a squirrel in her tracks. Trileigh Tucker shares the photos:

I encountered this incredibly photogenic squirrel foraging along the south part of the Lincoln Park beach. She appeared to be a nursing mother; maybe eating the dandelions somehow provides special nourishment to provide for her young?

Trileigh writes about nature and publishes more of her photos at naturalpresencearts.com.

9 Comments

  1. Oh, this is one of the cutest pictures I’ve ever seen. It shattered the Cute-O-Meter! Trileigh, I don’t know if you’re displaying your photos in any galleries, but you should be. And a gentle reminder: Please, folks, keep your dogs on their leashes when you’re walking in our parks.

    Comment by Raye — 10:38 pm June 20, 2014 #

  2. This is the funniest thing Ive ever seen. I thought it was photoshopped until I read the article. Way to impress Trileigh.

    Comment by alki resident — 11:15 pm June 20, 2014 #

  3. Those must smell sooo good-just look at that rapturous expression on her little face!

    Comment by pelicans — 2:27 am June 21, 2014 #

  4. Cuuuuuuuuute! :)

    Comment by Maggie — 3:40 am June 21, 2014 #

  5. OMG cute overload!!!

    Comment by rdf — 8:56 am June 21, 2014 #

  6. Not dandelions, those look like Hairy Cat’s Ear, though they could possibly be Smooth Hawksbeard. The milky sap is rich in nutrients.

    Comment by Brian — 10:49 am June 21, 2014 #

  7. Thanks, Brian! Yikes, I’m embarrassed. We have these outside our house as well as the ones I’m sure *are* dandelions, I just thought this was a different variant. Am hereby educated. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:52 am June 21, 2014 #

  8. Brian, I’m now educated too, thanks so much! Your comment explains a bit of a mystery: I was watching from a respectful distance as the squirrel foraged along, so I couldn’t see closely what she was eating. After a while she got to a big yellow flower that clearly seemed to be a dandelion, but didn’t eat that one, so I thought perhaps her earlier flowers were another species. But when I looked at the photos they looked enough like dandelions that I figured maybe she’d just eaten her fill.
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    Now I know she preferred this other species, thanks to your comment. She didn’t seem to be eating the stems, just the heads; do you think she was still getting that milky sap?
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    Thanks again.

    Comment by Trileigh — 12:06 pm June 21, 2014 #

  9. My goodness, how adorable!

    Comment by evergreen — 10:26 pm June 21, 2014 #

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