Acorn Woodpeckers and Their Granary Tree

October 25, 2020 at 6:36 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, San Luis Obispo County, Video, Wildlife) ()

Male acorn woodpecker at granary tree

Acorn woodpeckers abound in this part of California, which is known for its oak savannahs. Blue and valley oak are the most common, with valley oak tending to be larger and the blue oaks more likely to grow on hillsides.

Male acorn woodpecker moving an older acorn

Acorn woodpecker families select and tend to a tree that will act as a granary to store their acorns through the winter. This one is a large valley oak at Atascadero Lake.

Green acorns will shrink as they age, and the woodpeckers will move them into smaller holes to make it harder for squirrels and other marauders to steal them. Watch them at work:

They have a clown-like appearance and are quite vocal as they work. It’s hard to miss them if you live in Central Coast California.

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