with his promise fulfilled to collect a few pics of the various critters in our yard that eat our dandelions. Were we to spray our yellow flowers to make the perfect green lawn, we would poison or kill the food supply of quite a few different animals and birds. Let's start big ... this Grizzly loves dandelions and we're sure glad because we would not want to end up on the menu...
and this family of black bears is so pleased to find this salad bar in the relative safety of our driveway, I say relative because that is exactly the same place as the grizzly pic was taken.
Groundhogs love dandelions,
as do chipmunks and rabbits and deer
Yellow headed blackbirds seek out just the right one in the closed position and bite all the seeds at once from the side.
and Pine Siskins pin them to the ground to make a meal of them one at a time. They prefer them in the parachute stage.
And so it goes ~ enjoying all these critters and birds is worth every minute of the work we do to maintain a healthy ecosystem on these 48 acres and it's why we encourage and promote dandelions wherever they occur.
And we humans of course can also benefit greatly from the lowly dandelion.