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Bird Watching Stories
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» No Barbeque this Summer 
» Barn Swallow "Mama"  
» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?  
» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica
 » Just Another Golden Eagle  
 » Four Birds in One Tree: 
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
» Four Calling Birds??? 
» A Very Unique Cardinal 
» Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet 
» The Ever-Popular Chickadee  
» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw 
» Barrel Cactus Confrontation 
» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...  
» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch 
» The Best Mimic?  
» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
Missouri Ornithology
» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?
» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me 
» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon  
 » Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
in Alaska
» A Rare and Unusual Bird 
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
» Raven Showoffs 
» Reddish Egrets and Canopy Feeding 
 »  Robins and Worms 
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher 
» Hospital Hallucination  
» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings? 
» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder
»  Aransas in the Fog:
Whooping Cranes
 » Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash
» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber 
Sometimes I feel like a nut ... maybe an Acorn? 
     Acorn woodpeckers are famous for the fact that they drill holes in trees to store the acorns. They are a fairly common bird in California oak forests. Sometimes a birdwatcher can find many trees with thousands of acorns placed there by these woodpeckers. They will also store their acorns in telephone poles, wooden buildings, fence posts and these 'granaries' have even been found in automobile radiators. Their granaries are quite visible and several other birds, including the local jays rob the acorns.
    About a decade ago, I visited Chris Shank near Grass Valley, California. She had a trained multiple species flock of free-flying cockatoos. She taught the majority of the 'toos to accept her as "flock-leader" and to stay within the territory of her large yard. In the late afternoon she would round them all up to get them in their aviaries for the night. Daisy was a Triton cockatoo that didn't always follow all of the rules. One of her favorite past times was to rob acorns from the local acorn woodpecker's stash. The 85 gram, 9 inch woodpecker was no match for the Trition cockatoo. They can weigh in at close to 700 grams and can be 18 inches from tail to beak. As much as the 'too was attacked by the woodpecker trying to save its stash, Daisy just kept eating acorns.

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