Acorn Woodpeckers Of Toro Park (#328)

Whilst meandering around Toro Park one day I came upon a mystery.  Well, a mystery to me.

My first clue was a tree.  A huge, ancient Sycamore with a wide enough girth for easily seven people to encircle standing side by side.

Sycamore Tree in Toro Park

Sycamore Tree in Toro Park

The trunk of that tree is riddled with thousands of holes from down near the base on up to the furthest reaches and out onto the largest branches.

Too many to count

Too many holes to count

Could woodpeckers be drilling for bugs?  Could one tree be that infested with bugs?  The answer to these questions: No and No.

Closer inspection of the tree showed that most of the holes had an acorn peeking out from inside.

Acorns embedded in the Sycamore tree

Acorns embedded in the Sycamore tree

The bird responsible for turning the tree into a storage place or “granary tree” is the Acorn Woodpecker.

The Acorn Woodpecker guarding its cache

The Acorn Woodpecker
guarding its cache

These birds live in a large social group sharing the raising of their young, guarding their “trees” from would-be robbers (blue jays and squirrels) and keeping their food supply replenished.

The cavity in this tree could be one of their nests.

Home with their food supply all around them

Home with their food supply all around them

 

After a long day this Acorn Woodpecker stops at a nearby water fountain for a drink.

Ingenious!

Ingenious!

 

What an amazing creature!

What an amazing creature!

 

Ever Grateful,

Annie

 

 

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12 Responses to Acorn Woodpeckers Of Toro Park (#328)

  1. Teresa says:

    Love your nature teachings. Thank you from a most eager student.

  2. nomaggsrush says:

    Wow, never read/seen anything like that before! Fascinating info and wonderful photos too. Thanks Annie

  3. Sher says:

    Amazing! Simply amazing. The pictures are a treasure. Thank you so much Anne. I am amazed at how you find all these little nature oddities. Love them.

    • I am learning to enjoy a slower pace, to pay attention to the slightest movements and details. This is such a rich world in the outdoors. Thank you for being along to enjoy it with me, Sher!

  4. Patti Kuche says:

    I wouldn’t want to mess with those woodpeckers!

  5. Alice says:

    That is the coolest thing! Thanks so much for all the research and sharing, Annie – sure do miss you! I read and love all your posts.

  6. Edge of Chic says:

    Outstanding photos. I can’t believe how smart that bird is!

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