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Anyone seen this?

I was out hunting yesterday, leaning against a big pine tree.  I happened to look at the trunk of the tree, and I saw it was littered with holes about the size of a nickel.  There are plenty of woodpeckers in the area, so that wasn't a surprise.  The funny thing was, almost every hole had an acorn wedged in it.  I was like, WTH?????  I was wondering if it's a woodpecker doing that, or another bird/squirrel taking advantage of the holes.

I did a quick search and found that they are called Acorn Woodpeckers.  Pretty funny.

 

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Well now, isn't that odd? 

Well now, isn't that odd?  I've never seen anything like it before.  I am sure you took a double take when you first saw it.  Acorn woodpecker?  I never heard of the bird.  I assume they put them there to eat later.  I can't imagine the squirrels do not steal them.

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Yeah, you would think, but I

Yeah, you would think, but I could not get one out unless I cut away with my knife.  Don't know how they got them in so deeply.  A squirrel would have no chance.  Here's a wikipedia link to the woodpecker.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_Woodpecker

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Cool....That's a lot of

Cool....That's a lot of nock'n head just to make a hole...

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Good Link

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

Yeah, you would think, but I could not get one out unless I cut away with my knife.  Don't know how they got them in so deeply.  A squirrel would have no chance.  Here's a wikipedia link to the woodpecker.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_Woodpecker

The link is very interesting and I'd encourage people to read it.  I find it interesting that they fit the acorns to the right size hole and move them as they dry out.  YOu're lucky they didn't attack you as the link says they guard it as a group.

Just think without the internet you'd probably be scratching your head about the acorns in the tree.

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Well, they didn't attack me

Well, they didn't attack me directly, but they did enough damage to the tree, that I unknowingly got pine sap all over my a$$, which then got onto the seats of my 4-Runner before I noticed.  I figure they were sitting in the tree laughing at me. lol

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Hmm, learn something new

Hmm, learn something new every day.  That is pretty interesting.