Birds & Blooms

9. Acorn Woodpecker


HOT SPOT: Emigrant Lake, Oregon

Acorn woodpecker­s sport bold field marks, and they are so much fun to observe. These woodpecker­s live in complex social colonies and spend much of their time caching nuts. Look for a granary tree loaded with acorns pounded into the trunk and branches to find these winged jesters. In addition to the stored meals, acorn woodpecker­s eat a varied diet including insects, berries, tree sap and suet. Acorn woodpecker­s are found in the southweste­rn states and north into Oregon.

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