**Today’s post is from guest blogger, Peggy**
For almost 10 yrs, the 2 mountain ashes in our yard has had a woodpecker, or something similar, making quite an interesting pattern of peck marks in it. Hard as we’ve tried, we’ve not been able to spy the culprit. The trees were quite small when the holes started showing up, so we thought for sure they’d be dead soon. But year after year they grew, and the holes kept coming. There were often bees or wasps around, so we thought maybe it was them somehow. I finally identified those as Bald-Faced Wasps, but they just don’t make holes in trees. It really looked like some kind of woodpecker, but how could they be so secretive for so many years?
Well, finally, a few days ago, he was there. A yellow-bellied sapsucker! He was so intent on his work, I was able to get right up close and snap a few photos. And I was so intent on taking these pictures, I actually got stung by one of those darn wasps!