Solving the mystery of the old fence line trees in Hubbard Park led me to another mystery nearby. As I was snowshoeing down from the park, I came across the excavations by a woodpecker, probably a Pileated Woodpecker, in a Red Pine tree.
The mystery is the unusual markings around the holes, most clearly visible on the most recent but also visible on the two older ones. While I’m by no means an expert, I’ve got feelers out to several who are to see what they might know.
Here are two photographs with a bit more detail:
I love seeing things like this that remind me both of how little I really know and also of what an exciting mystery life can be!