West Seattle wildlife: Stop and smell the … dandelions!

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 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife: Stop and smell the ... dandelions!"

  • Raye June 20, 2014 (10:38 pm)

    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.

  • alki resident June 20, 2014 (11:15 pm)

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

  • pelicans June 21, 2014 (2:27 am)

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

  • Maggie June 21, 2014 (3:40 am)

    Cuuuuuuuuute! :)

  • rdf June 21, 2014 (8:56 am)

    OMG cute overload!!!

  • Brian June 21, 2014 (10:49 am)

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

    • WSB June 21, 2014 (10:52 am)

      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

  • Trileigh June 21, 2014 (12:06 pm)

    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.
    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?
    Thanks again.

  • evergreen June 21, 2014 (10:26 pm)

    My goodness, how adorable!

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