Woodpeckers fills Microwave Antenna with Acorns

Meet the Bird that Filled an Antenna With Acorns

Squirrels aren’t the only animals that store acorns for winter. Some birds do it, too. And one species in California disrupted a telecommunications network with its storage habits.

The birds stashed their acorns in a wireless antenna in Central California. A video that’s going viral this week shows technicians opening a compartment on the antenna and unleashing a flood of acorns. In all, an estimated 300 pounds (35 to 50 gallons) of nuts fell out. (~ 140 kg)

Walter Koenig, a senior scientist with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, says he’s pretty sure the the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) was behind the cache.

Woodpeckers fills Microwave Antenna with Acorns

Watch the video showing technicians clearing a huge cache of acorns from a transmission tower.
The owners of the transmitting equipment in the video, AT&T California, say the incident occurred in 2009.

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