Woodpecker stuffed over 700 pounds of acorns in walls of CA home. ‘Bit of a hoarder’
It’s not from an episode of “Hoarders,” but a shocking discovery inside a California home probably could be if animals were featured on the popular reality TV show.
A technician from a pest control company was left positively baffled when he cut into the walls of a California home and found a nutty scene.
More than 700 pounds of acorns came bursting out onto the carpet.
Nick’s Extreme Pest Control, based in Forestville, posted photos on Facebook of the acorns seeping out of a small rectangular hole cut into the drywall and piling up into a huge mound.
“Came across this on a job,” the company wrote in the post. “Bird was a bit of a hoarder. Filled up about 8 garbage bags full of acorns weighing in about 700 lbs. Unreal never came across something like this.”
The company elaborated on the situation, sharing the woodpecker had destroyed the exterior of the house in its efforts to store the acorns.
“This bird was crazy,” someone from the company wrote. “We actually saw him there when we were there putting more in the holes he created.”
Some wanted to know what made the homeowners think there was an issue with the wall in the first place.
“They were getting little worms coming out of the wall that looked like maggots but were actually type of meal worms,” Nick’s Extreme Pest Control explained.
Another person wanted to know where the woodpecker’s entrance was.
“The bird put acorns through chimney stack after making 100s of holes in wood siding surrounding it,” the company said. “[Then] he came through attic ventilation port holes. Acorns were piled up from lower floor to about 20 ft up into the attic.”
Acorn woodpeckers are known for storing acorns for safekeeping, Walter Koenig told National Geographic in 2015 after a viral video showed the birds’ storage habit had filled up a telecommunications antenna in Central California. Koenig is a senior scientist with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
“They’re pretty famous for finding places to hide acorns,” he told the outlet.
Acorn woodpeckers can be found in western oak woodlands in California, parts of Arizona and New Mexico, and throughout Central America, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
“They store thousands of acorns each year by jamming them into specially made holes,” usually in trees, the website states. They typically live in large groups and even work shifts guarding their hoard “from thieves,” according to the website.
They also play “an important ecological role in helping to control populations of insect pests,” according to the Penn State Extension out of the Pennsylvania State University, which researches land grants, farming and agriculture.
Many people sympathized with the woodpecker in the comments of the Facebook post.
“That woodpecker will be devastated,” one wrote. “Worked so hard for this fortune and it’s all gone.”
“Birdy bankrupted in one night and cried,” another chimed in.
“Please tell me you returned that 700lbs savings to that poor bird,” someone else wrote.
Some were also concerned about what happened with the acorns, and said they hoped the pest control company donated the nuts to a local oak nursery for propagation.
Others just joked about the bird’s hoarding habit.
“Woodpecker? Looks like a pack rat,” one said.
“He or she is a doomsday prepper,” someone else joked.
“All the bird’s 401K gone…” someone else said.
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