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Acorn woodpeckers: keepers of acorns.

By Gary Bogue
Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 9:34 am in Acorn woodpeckers, Acorns.

Acorn woodpecker by Joanne Smith, Union City, CA
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Acorn woodpeckers are interesting birds. They feed on insects, fruit, seeds and sap. They are noted for drilling holes in trees and using the holes to stash acorns.

I got an e-mail a couple of years ago from a man who had a  cabin in the Sierra that he stayed in during summer months. Behind the cabin was a small wooden tool shed. Arriving one summer, he noticed a small hole in the front of the shed. Opening the shed he found it knee-deep in acorns. Acorn woodpeckers had been shoving the acorns into the small hole, much as they would into holes they drilled in tree branches.

Given enough time, I wonder if they would have filled up the shed with acorns? /Gary

Acorn woodpecker by Joanne Smith, Union City, CA
acorn joanne smith union city

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