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The Acorn Woodpecker

Drills holes in dead trees and plugs them with an acorn!

Acorn Woodpeckers are larder hoarders. Breeding groups gather acorns and create a granary by drilling holes in a dead tree, or a dead branch on a live tree, and stuffing acorns into them.

The acorns are visible, and the group defends the tree against potential cache robbers.

The acorns represent a significant part of their diet; they also eat insects, picking them off tree bark or catching them in flight, and in addition fruit, seeds and sometimes tree sap.

Ain't nature facinating....

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By netchicken: posted on 5-4-2007

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