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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Acorn Woodpecker Rare




We had an Amazing rare bird visitor a short while ago, an Acorn Woodpecker!  She was visiting a golf course nearby and collecting acorns and stashing them in the oak trees.




She is supposed to stay much farther south than where we are, she is from California and from Oregon. (edit:  later I added this note that there is an acorn in her beak in some of the pictures.)


All the birders came from all over the island and mainland to view the Amazing Acorn Woodpecker and to study her behaviours.  She would collect up the acorns very rapidly and hide them in the same trees and then she would sleep.

She was all alone.  They mostly live in communal groups in their home areas of four males and two females.  I wonder what happen to her partners.  All the members of the acorn commune help with making the nest and feeding the young.  Sounds like those hippie days on the communes where everyone had to help.  An acorn woodpecker commune can store up to 50,000 nuts.



She flew away. She was here for quite a while.  I think she was at the golf course for some time before a birder saw her and she was reported.  The residents nearby said they had seen her for a long long time. It was very exciting to see her and see all the birders so happy.
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34 comments:

  1. Oh my.... What a treat!,, great photos of the very busy woodpecker.... Michelle

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  2. It is always a thrill to see a rare bird. Great shots.

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  3. Great sighting! There were acorn woodpeckers in Madera Canyon (extreme S. AZ) last May when we were there. Enjoyed them! You took some wonderful photos of them!

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  4. Interesting beak on this bird.

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  5. What a treat to see such a pretty bird. Your shots are lovely.

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  6. Lucky you! I love woodpeckers and this is a very pretty one.

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  7. This bird made me smile, looking so piously!

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  8. Wow! Its always great to see something different Nora. Great shots you got as well.

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  9. Well done. What a terrific photo you managed to get.

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  10. I think the bird has something in its beak but at first it appeared to be a bit of a Jimmy Durante nose! :)

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  11. This woodpecker variety seems wilder than the more sleek common one. The first photo is intriguing. The beak looks big and arched, but it is just the illusion of the acorn in the bird's mouth. Great photos.

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  12. What a beautiful bird..so glad you got to see it. Love all your great photos....

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  13. I LOVE watching the birds feeding. We have a fantastic view from our snug - it makes me feel cold just thinking about outside right now - but I know the birds are catered for.

    Thank you for being part of this wonderful project.
    Denise Founder & proud team member ABC Wednesday

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  14. Oh wow! How fabulous you saw her, AND got terrific shots!

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  15. Great sighting, I love the eyes on this woodie.. Wonderful collection of photos. Have a happy day!

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  16. Beautiful pictures of your rare bird! I've never seen one and we lived in Oregon for many years ...thanks for sharing, so glad you saw her.

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  17. Glad you were able to see a rare bird.

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  18. What a delightful bird and love its beak ~ great shots ~ hope she finds her family ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  19. What a lovely bird! Great photos!

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  20. What a wonderful for you to see this beautiful bird and then gets these great shots

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  21. an ASTUTE bird!

    ROG, ABCW

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  22. What a wonderful sight. We see them often here in CA and always love it! They are incredibly resourceful and have a wonderful communal life.

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  23. A smart bird, getting ready for winter. I didn't even know that acorn woodpeckers existed so loved seeing your photos.

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  24. Great clean shots of the woodpecker. They are so neat to watch! I remember the first time I saw one locally I was surprised as to how big of a bird it actually was!

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  25. Great captures! The things I learn on the internet!

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  26. Great action captures. Very well taken.
    Happy WW!

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  27. what a result for you with this one showing up, you did well with the images too. Happy days!

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  28. Love to see rare birds.I would love to visit Vancouver Islandtoo. The city ov Vancouver and coast line north of there is beautiful too.

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  29. Fantastic Nora!!!
    Wow...impressive collection of this rare bird. I'm lovin' it.

    Sorry it's taken me so long to stop by for a visit this week. The flu bug still lingers at our house.
    Thanks for taking time to share your link with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

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  30. It's amazing to what lengths birders will go to see a rare bird. - Margy

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  31. It's great to see your shots of the beautiful Acorn woodpeckers. I used to see them and their acorn storage trees in S. California but not up here, but I did plant a couple of oak trees so someday they may have acorns and I can hope they will come.

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  32. Thanks so much for coming and taking the time to write me such nice notes. I real them all you can be sure of it. Make my day!!!!

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