A few weeks ago, we cut a swath out of the ivy on a large oak tree in our front yard and had an arborist come by to trim dead branches. Since then, the ivy has started to wither away and the tree’s leaves are beginning to spring forth. This evening we discovered this fellow emerging from the ivy. His left eye and mouth were missing, but we found them after grabbing a rake and scratching about for a few minutes. Here he is after clearing away more of the ivy.
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