Woodpecker Hid Over 700lbs of Acorns in CA Home

Nick Castro, owner of Nick’s Extreme Pest Control, received a call about an insect problem at a California home, the pest control technician figured a dead animal was stuck inside a wall.

When he cut a hole in the wall to find it, however, Castro witnessed something he’d never seen in more than 20 years in the business!

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Castro, owner of Nick’s Extreme Pest Control, told the outlet. “The more acorns I pulled out from the wall, the more there were. It felt like it wasn’t going to end.”

When they cut into the wall, over 700 pounds of acorns were discovered.

Castro’s crew filled eight garbage bags full of the birds’ hoard. Because the acorns were covered by fiberglass and rat droppings, the bags were so heavy that Castro’s crew could barely pick them up, he said.

Although acorn woodpeckers, found in oak and mixed oak-evergreen forests on the West Coast and in the Southwest, typically harvest the nuts in dead trees, these birds can also choose unusual spots for storage, Castro said, especially as they adapt to evolving landscapes.

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