08 Mar This Bird Lives Like a Farmer | March 2016
Why 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 Acorn Woodpeckers spend the harvest months collecting and storing acorns. Then they live 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, both 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.
Find more info (and photos) about bird behavior at:
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation