Cones and a new woodpecker!
This White-headed Woodpecker was busy, busy, busy. We had a great time watching him climb down and around this pine. It turns out he eats pine cones as well….learned something new.
This week’s Winter Wednesday study was about trees, evergreens, and cones. We live in a mixed forest area with oaks and pines so we have quite a few opportunities to study cones as a part of our everyday activities.
We were on the lookout for different cones as we took our walk in a different habitat that I posted more about here in this entry, Another Glorious Winter Walk. I commented in that entry about the way we have come to appreciate that the cones fall and are available in great numbers during this snowy, cold part of the year. There are birds and mammals that are still active during this season and they use these cones as the staple of their diet. What a great design by a loving Creator.
Here are two new to us cones that we gathered on this particular walk.
We are familiar with larger cones but these were ones we haven’t noticed before. We think the bigger one is from a White Fir but we have no idea what the other one is at all.
The cone below comes from our regular hiking spot and we see them in great numbers. We think the cone is from a Douglas Fir.
We are going to keep track of our collection in our nature journals and write about each one as we find it.
We all have a better appreciation for the role that cones play not only in the life cycle of the tree but also as a vital part of the food web in our forests.