Acorn Woodpecker

For a long time, I did not see too many Acorn Woodpeckers around. Suddenly they become frequent visitors in flocks. Some people think they look like clowns while they remind me of the cardinal-bishop, the red cap, and the pleated (or ruched) gown, I think.

A few weeks ago, I realized why they are named Acorn Woodpecker. How they store their food amazes me.

In a morning walk back in summer, I saw three of them flying back and forth between two trees. Immediately I noticed that two males were after one female. A brawl began and triggered a close confrontation. Good for me. That was the first time I saw their full wingspan.

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