Birds aren’t the only ones that feed on fennel seeds. Ground squirrels know what’s good, too. This individual stood tall to reach a low branch, and when that whipped up out of its paws, the resourceful little mammal grabbed another branch and bent it low, within munching range.
Fennel seed also has a human following. In addition to its many uses in traditional medicine, and its charm as a spice, the seed has nutritional values. Right now, with the long dry spell, there isn’t a great deal of fresh green stuff, the squirrels’ favorite. Plant seeds are a winter food, and a good one.