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The Ultimate Hoarder

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Many bird species will cache food in the fall for retrieval in the winter, including Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, nuthatches, and Tufted Titmice.  Most try to hide their food cache from other birds.  A champion at storing the food, right in the open, is the Acorn Woodpecker.  They will often drill hundreds of holes in a selected tree, power pole are even in wooden shingles.  They carefully place acorns in the holes for consumption when food is less plentiful.  These interesting birds will also "hawk" for insects (capture insects in flight).  They will visit feeders for peanuts and suet.


Acorn Woodpecker © Greg Lavaty

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