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Mystery Photo

Do you know who has visited this apple tree and left this sign? Hint: This is the work of two creatures whose identity will be disclosed in Friday’s post.

If you think you know who’s been here, go to the Naturally Curious blog and submit your answer under “Comments.” (Thanks to Jim Chadwick for the photograph, and Jan Gendreau for submitting it.)

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30 responses

  1. Rinky

    Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker?

    October 14, 2020 at 8:02 am

  2. Sapsucker followed by porcupine?

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    October 14, 2020 at 8:05 am

  3. Yellow-bellied woodpecker

    October 14, 2020 at 8:07 am

  4. My sheep do something like that, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the answer. We had to fence the trees to protect them.

    On Wed, Oct 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” Do you know who has visited this apple tree and > left this sign? Hint: This is the work of two creatures whose identity will > be disclosed in Friday’s post. If you think you know who’s been here, go to > the Naturally Curious blog and submit your a” >

    October 14, 2020 at 8:07 am

  5. Mary Jo Carlsen

    Yellow-bellied sapsucker for one — and ???

    October 14, 2020 at 8:09 am

  6. I meant to say yellow-bellied sapsucker

    October 14, 2020 at 8:10 am

  7. Alice

    Some insect under the bark & then a ravenous woodpecker. That’s what the corner trim (which has already been replaced, once) on my house looks like.

    October 14, 2020 at 8:21 am

  8. Louise

    The clothespin mystifies me–the holes in the trunk, I guess are from a larval nests of an insect–they seem too big for a sapsucker, but that bird may have gone after the insects. Bark removal is another puzzle–chronology, too !

    October 14, 2020 at 8:30 am

  9. Fifi Ball

    Ants and a woodpecker?

    October 14, 2020 at 8:31 am

  10. Catherine Fisher

    Yellow bellied sapsucker drills, opening into carpenter ant galleries. Whoever made it, it’s beautiful and I’d love to hang it in my livingroom!

    October 14, 2020 at 8:31 am

  11. Catherine Fisher

    Yellow bellied sapsucker drills opening into carpenter ant galleries.

    October 14, 2020 at 8:34 am

  12. Eric Wegner

    yellow bellied sapsucker and a bear

    October 14, 2020 at 8:35 am

  13. JGB

    A piliated pair?

    October 14, 2020 at 8:37 am

  14. Liza McArdle

    These are left from the yellow-bellied sapsucker. We have a family that has been coming back to a tree in our yard to raise a chick or two for the past two years in a row. They have been going at our crabapple tree in the same manner. The most interesting moment happened this summer when I watched a hummingbird follow the sapsucker through the air, likely hoping to find the place that the sap sucker had been at work! Great photo!!

    October 14, 2020 at 8:41 am

  15. Gail trenholm

    Yellow bellied sapsucker

    October 14, 2020 at 8:46 am

  16. Happy Ant Colony until their damage caused the bark to fall off, exposing their homeland! 🙂 ❤

    October 14, 2020 at 8:48 am

  17. Kathy

    Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and a Pileated Woodpecker

    October 14, 2020 at 9:17 am

  18. Is it a pair of pileated woodpeckers? Poor tree. It looks uncomfortable! Nina Toutant

    October 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm

  19. Jodie Moriarty

    Piliated Woodpecker?

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    October 14, 2020 at 12:18 pm

  20. mariagianferrari

    It looks like some kind of partnership between an insect, like a wasp, and a woodpecker, maybe a sapsucker?

    October 14, 2020 at 12:43 pm

  21. Linda Whipple

    Pileated woodpecker and yellow bellied sapsucker I think.

    October 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

  22. Sally

    Yellow belled sapsucker.

    October 14, 2020 at 4:09 pm

  23. Ruthie ireland

    Yellow bellied sap sucker party!

    October 14, 2020 at 7:09 pm

  24. Bobbie Rausch

    A sapsucker.

    October 14, 2020 at 7:51 pm

  25. Jean Rogers

    Porcupine?

    October 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm

  26. Rachel

    The clothespins seem to be holding up some screen. I also think sapsuckers were involved- some of the holes look sort of like apple borers- but I’ve never seen so many…hmmm

    October 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm

  27. Sapsucker? Yellow Bellied

    October 14, 2020 at 10:07 pm

  28. Susan Guilford

    Yellow-bellied sapsucker and porcupine

    October 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

  29. Nancy Blasi

    Woodpeckers and ants

    October 14, 2020 at 11:22 pm

  30. Jo Peavey

    Yellow bellied sapsucker and Hummingbird

    October 15, 2020 at 9:04 am

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