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Peek-A-Boo

Photo by Scott Norris

A pair of red-bellied woodpeckers have a nest in one of the palm trees on the southwest corner of the Ocean’s Reach pool.  Scott captured this charming photo of one playing “peek-a-boo” with our guests. 

Interested in some woodpecker trivia?

  • There are more than 180 species of woodpeckers worldwide.
  • Most woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet, which means they have two toes facing the front and two toes facing the back to help them strongly grip trees and poles vertically.  
  • The red-bellied woodpecker often creates “caches” of food by drumming rows upon rows of small holes and wedging a single nut or seed into each one.
  • Woodpeckers engage in drumming to attract mates, establish territories and other communicate.  They rat-a-tat-tat on resonant objects such as hollow trees, stumps and logs, utility poles, chimneys, rain gutters and trash cans, as well as any object that may echo loudly. 
  • Between feeding, excavating nest cavities and drumming, woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second, or a total of 8,000-12,000 pecks per day!  (Woodpeckers don’t get headaches from pecking, however. They have reinforced skulls structured to spread the impact force, and their brains are tightly cushioned for added protection.)

 

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