Persistence Pays Off

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

After three to four minutes of pecking at a bark crevice on a dead pine tree, this Red-bellied Woodpecker extracted a small acorn.  As you watch the video    https://youtu.be/t9n1UdEKR4I     you can see the woodpecker alternately peering under the bark to check its progress and then hammering away some more.

How did an acorn come to be wedged under a piece of bark on a dead pine tree?  Did it fall and land there, or did something deliberately place it there?   What mammal or bird would try to hide an acorn like this?

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