Acorn cache


On the way back from our hike on our last trip to Roundrock, I paused by a tree near where we plan to build our home someday, and I spotted this little vignette. Some critter, probably a bluejay, had cached this acorn in this scruffy oak’s bark.

Many birds will store food in tree bark, but bluejays are the most common in our area. I think it would take a larger bird to transport an acorn. In our hikes I’ll sometimes find peanut shells far in the forest from where I leave them on the log near the Cabin at the End of the Road. I’ve watched the crows visit the peanuts. Usually they’ll swallow one whole and then carry off a second one. It’s not surprising that I would find the empty shells here and there (and on our hikes, if I remember to do it, I sometimes leave piles of peanuts on logs deep in the woods, so finding the shells scattered is not unlikely.

I just like the idea of knowing that the forest is a busy place even when we’re not around. And it reminds me that there is always something interesting to see in the forest if I just take the time to look for it.

Missouri calendar:

  • Watch for chickadees feeding on insects in bark crevices.

3 Responses to “Acorn cache”

  1. Paul Says:

    Nice picture. I wonder if the bird will come back or a squirrel will get it first.

  2. ramblingwoods Says:

    I put peanuts in the shell out for the jays and they will careful pick up and drop before deciding which is the best one..Then one for the throat pouch and one for the beak and off they go….My Festival of The Trees Post..Herbie The Elm Tree

  3. Jacqueline Says:

    I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s very nice of you to take food out into the forest. It must cause a real buzz when the birds & animals find it. The tree itself looks lovely & so does the background.

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