When Ms. Mesquitey and I gather acorns to plant we bag up hundreds, but I can never resist nabbing a few if I see some still on an oak…thus the acorns in my pocket.
It would be hard to go into a woodland or forest in southeastern Arizona and not see acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) or Mexican jays (Aphelocoma ultramarina)…they are quite common, but quite wonderful.
The photos are mine. The acorn woodpecker riddled trunk is horizontal, because the pine tree had fallen and was laying across the forest floor. Can you believe all the holes?!
The jay was curious as to what we were eating. We weren’t at a campground, so it was sort of surprising to have it check us out where we were in an oak woodland. Mexican jays are rascals!