Friday, April 01, 2016

My neighbors .............. The Acorn Woodpeckers

As most of you know, I love nature, including all the little critters involved. Where I reside there are tons of birds, one species being the Acorn Woodpeckers. These birds are really cool and can be loud, but only when they fly away. There is a massive tree in front of the house and noticed these large holes but never really paid any attention to them until one day at dusk I heard one of them screaming like crazy! I looked up and saw his little head sticking out from one of those holes on that tree! I was reading up on these birds and learned they live in large groups within these trees. This explains why when one flies out, about 4 others do as well. Really cool site. Also, their social lives are endlessly fascinating – these guys store thousands of acorns by jamming them into these specially made holes in trees. A group member is always on alert to guard their stash from thieves, while the others go cruising or hunting for more acorns. What was really fascinating about this species of birds is multiple males and females combine efforts to raise their young in a single nest! How cool is that.

Here is a link to more information about my little neighbors laughing 

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/acorn-woodpecker...

 

And VOILA ........... the entrance to their castle. I think 4 birds live in this burrow? I do know of 2 others on this tree as well.

Bird 1.JPG

Bird 2.JPG

Bird 3.JPG

I'm pretty sure this guy was saying ........... "Watcha lookin at Willis!!??"   laughing

Bird 4.JPG

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