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Thursday, October 12, 2006


Today's Nature Moment

Acorn Woodpecker stashing acorns

This isn't the best picture I've ever taken of an Acorn Woodpecker. And I've seen (though probably never bothered to take a picture of) lots of trees filled with holes, made by Sapsuckers and other Woodpeckers. But this is the first time I've ever seen, as well as taken a picture of, an Acorn Woodpecker actively embedding acorns in a tree. Look closely (click on the picture for a larger copy) and you'll see dozens of holes, about half of them empty and the other half filled with little yellowish dots which are the embedded acorns.

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