Every time I go to California I see the Acorn Woodpecker. This Woodpecker always makes me laugh. I’m usually out birding when I hear a very noisy bird making his presence know to all! I will usually make a point of looking to see just what bird is making all the noise, even though I know, its the Acorn Woodpecker, then I see his clown-face and laugh a little…
Below are photos of trees, these have been been used by the Acorn Woodpecker and the reason for their name!
The birds will drill small holes in a dead tree, then take acorns in the fall and put them into the holes and eat them over the winter. They often use the same tree over several generations, which could have up to 50,000 holes in that one tree!
They can be found from Oregon, USA all the way down south to Colombia. These birds don’t migrate, they don’t have to, they have their food stored up for the winter months!