A Woodpecker Story

Arriving early at the office I had some time to walk around a bit at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area where I came upon this little Woodpecker drama.

There were three Pileated Woodpeckers in the dead tree across the road from Audubon House. One of which is seen here. As can be seen, the Woodpeckers are doing a good job of stripping the tree bark in the search for insects in the decaying wood.
Before long a Red-bellied Woodpecker showed up with an acorn.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker flew to the trunk of the dead tree.
Once on the dead trunk it cached the acorn in a hollow in the tree.
It appeared one of the Pileated Woodpeckers was very interested in what the Red-belly was doing.
The larger bird hitched up the tree scaring the Red-bellied Woodpecker off but the Pileated Woodpecker took no interest in the hollow or what might be cached there.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker flew off carrying a little something in its bill.
A pattern formed where two Red-bellied Woodpeckers would take turns coming to the dead tree. The Pileated Woodpeckers took no more notice of them.
One of the Red-bellied Woodpeckers flies off . . .
. . . to be replaced by another watchful Red-bellied Woodpecker. Eventually the Pileated Woodpeckers left leaving the Red-bellied Woodpeckers secret stash alone.

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