|Acorn Woodpecker With
Technique for Secure Storage of Acorns
In our tour of southeast California in the last week of October 2006, we came to Jenks Lake in San
Bernardino National Forest for bird watching on October 31, 2006. A picture of Jenks Lake is shown in the
In this area near Jenks Lake, there were several kinds of birds to watch, but I was fascinated to see and to
learn about acorn woodpecker with their special technique to store their acorns as food as shown in the
following pictures that I took.
An acorn woodpecker with an acorn in its beak is working on this tree.
The acorn woodpecker has red cap
Another acorn woodpecker working on this tree. You see many holes with acorns inside on the tree bark
There are many deep holes with acorns inside these holes on the tree barks in this area near Jenks Lake.
Another view of the tree with many holes and acorns on its barks.
Secure Storage of Acorns: What I learned is that both acorn woodpeckers and squirrels love to eat
acorns. Acorn woodpeckers drill deep holes on these trees and pack acorns very tightly inside these deep
holes so that squirrels cannot steal these securely stored acorns from acorn woodpeckers.
While I was at the parking lot near Jenks Lake, a big bird show up in the sky as shown in the following
pictures that I took:
Complex in San Bernardino National Forest in southern California.
Directions to Jenks Lake: Jenks Lake is located in the beautiful San Bernadino mountains, near the city of
Redlands in southern California. From I-10 at Redlands, take Exit 79 on Orange St. (i.e., Highway 38) and go
North to Lugonia St. Turn Right on E. Lugonia (still Highway 38), it becomes Mentone (still Highway 38) and
then become Hwy 38 into the mountains towards Big Bear. Keep going on the winding Hwy 38, when you
pass the town of Angelus Oaks, travel approx. 5.5 miles to the junction with Jenks Lake Rd - W. Turn Right
into Jenks Lake Road West and travel 2.3 miles. Turn left at the entrance to reach the parking lot for Jenks
Map:: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Jenks Lake
Map: Click here to see a local detailed map around Jenks Lake
Coordinates of Jenks Lake:
More information on Jenks Lake is available at the following websites:
I am not sure if this big bird is a hawk or an eagle.
Our 2-week trip from October 26 to November 10, 2006 is a large loop in southeast California, western
Arizona and southern Nevada starting at Los Angeles and ending at Los Angeles. The sequence of
Point-Of-Interest in this 2-week trip is the following:
Los Angeles --> Palm Springs (4 days for touring Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Wind Turbine Farm, Jenks
Lake, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Joshua Tree National Park and Morongo
Birding Areas) --> Anza Borrego State Park --> Imperial Valley (Painted Gorge, Imperial National Wildlife
Refuge,) --> Cibola NWR --> Havasu NWR and London Bridge --> Laughlin, NV (near Bullhead City, Arizona)
--> Scenic Highway 68, Scenic Highwayway 93, Hoover Dam --> Las Vegas --> Valley of Fire State Park in
Nevada, Mount Charleston, Scenic Highway 158, Hemenway Park --> Class Reunion in Las Vegas (Lake
Mead Cruise, Red Rock National Recreational Area) --> Los Angeles
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