As a child growing up in Plant City, Florida, I enjoyed listening to the tapping sound a woodpecker. Many times it would be a woodpecker tapping on the stovepipe attached to our roof. Mother would get upset and shoo the woodpecker away. Perhaps, Mother had a reason for doing this.
Now, that was my limited knowledge about woodpeckers. I wasn’t aware of the various species of the bird, especially one that bore small, tiny holes into wood, where they store acorns and nuts by the thousands. Maybe, that’s why Mother would make sure the woodpecker flew away from the stove pipe. Even it wasn’t the acorn woodpecker; Mother knew a woodpecker’s tapping just might cause some damage.
An amazing fact about the acorn woodpecker is that one family unit may create a winter stockpile of up to 50,000 acorns in a single tree, called a granary. One bird stands guard against possible thieves while the others focus on building their impressive cache.
The acorn woodpecker eats more than just acorns and nuts. They consume ants, flying insects, tree sap, fruit, and even lizards. Lizards??? I could certainly use them on my estate in Plant City. That place is crawling with lizards!!! Unfortunately, these birds live in western Oregon, California, and the Southwest.
To learn more about these amazing birds, check out my video below: