08 Mar This Bird Lives Like a Farmer
This bird lives like a farmer.
Because half its diet consists of acorns.
And acorns are a seasonal crop.
So it spends the harvest months collecting and storing acorns. Then it lives off the acorns during winter, spring, and early summer.
Like any group dependent upon farming, Acorn Woodpeckers live in towns (communities of about 10 birds) near their farms (oak trees).
A community survives best through cooperation.
In this case, males and females incubate eggs. Breeding and non-breeding adults feed nestlings. And everybody collects acorns.
In the above photo, she is on the left and he is on the right. You can tell because she has a black band between her red cap and white forehead.
They’re on a stump, that had been left high in a Eucalyptus tree at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea, CA.
There’s an important birding point here.
A bird’s survival depends upon finding food. That determines where it lives and how it behaves. So knowing these attributes is the key to knowing where to find the bird.
By the way, there are now six collections of bird photos. See them at: See Bird Photos.
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