Last year (2014) the oaks in our area produced very few acorns. As a result the local acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) population plummeted. In areas where we would normally see large families of acorn woodpeckers there were none, or perhaps … Continue reading
The oaks near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA) produced very few acorns the last two years. As a result the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) population seems to have decline precipitously. The acorn crop for 2015 has yet to be determined, … Continue reading
I made a mistake! A few days ago Leonard and I saw a pair of purple martins (Progne subis) at a woodpecker hole in a ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) snag near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). We were excited because we … Continue reading
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If you see an acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) there are most certainly others nearby. Living in communal groups acorn woodpeckers have a most interesting social structure. Walter Koenig from Cornell Lab of Ornithology said it well: acorn woodpeckers engage in mate … Continue reading
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Acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus), which I introduced yesterday, eat insects, tree sap and fruits. They can often be seen catching insects high above the tree canopy or gleaning them off the limbs of trees. The species name for the acorn woodpecker, … Continue reading
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A year-round resident of Western oak and pine/oak woodlands is the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus). Living in communal groups, this noisy and conspicuous bird is easy to identify. A medium-sized woodpecker, the acorn has a black back and chest, a black-streaked … Continue reading