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Spotted in Cloverdale

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 | Posted by

Earlier this week, Pam Thorne was walking through Cloverdale’s Riverside Cemetery when she spotted a large tree that had recently fallen. While checking to see if there might be a bird nest or two  on the ground, she discovered something totally unexpected. A series of holes had been bored into the trunk and each one held an acorn, probably stored there for the winter by an industrious woodpecker.  Judging from the size of the tree, she estimates the acorns were at a level that would have been about 50 or 60 feet in the air. (Photos courtesy of Pam Thorne)


  • Ed Micheli

    Yellowhammers. They actually aren’t interested in the acorns. They store them until the larvae from parasites appear, then they eat the larvae.

  • Lori Crippes

    They were not only on this branch, but on every branch, as well as the trunk of the tree. They were everywhere. It almost made you wonder if this is what weakened this massive tree, causing it to fall. It was incredibly interesting to walk around the tree and see them every place you looked.

    • Ed Micheli

      I don’t think they peck on live wood; only dead wood, as in the south side of my house.

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