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Acorn woodpecker

Found in several mountain ranges in the Trans-Pecos, this oak-loving species stores acorns for later use. Woodpeckers guard these storage areas, called granaries, against squirrels, jays and other acorn-eating burglars. For the most part, a granary occurs up and down a selected tree or telephone pole but can also include the side of a wooden cabin or shed — to the chagrin of its owner. This social and vocal species is easily distinguishable by its pale eyes. There’s a peculiar, disjunct population of these birds in the Hill Country, on private land west of Kerrville.


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