Date: 12/6/18 10:18 am From: Lee, Jen <jal21...> Subject: Re: Titmouse hoarder
I watched a Red-Bellied Woodpecker last weekend make repeated trips into a still standing corn field and take kernels of corn. It was stashing in tree wholes but also into nooks on a telephone pole behind metal boxes and connectors. Well over 10 minutes of stashing.
From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> On Behalf Of DAVIS, SHAWN
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:59 AM
Subject: Titmouse hoarder
We put peanuts in shells out on our deck, and usually it's blue jays who come and make off with them. But this time we saw a titmouse take one, fly off, and come back within thirty seconds. It did this several times, and kept flying off to the same area of our yard. Closer inspection revealed that it was burying them in the leaf litter. As we watched, it stashed peanuts in several locations around our yard, in both leaf litter and crotches in bushes. Anyone ever observe this sort of behavior from songbirds before? I know shrikes impale insects for later, but I've never seen a songbird hoard.