So there I was lamenting how out of 40 grafts to our pear tree, none of them took, when along came a Piliated Woodpecker.
It started at the bottom of the tree, found an opening in the netting, and worked its way up to the top of the tree.
There it found itself trapped. What I usually do is wait until a trapped bird gets alarmed before I go to try to help it out.
As I was opening up the bottom of the netting -- as usual -- the bird figures out how to get out "when the going gets rough."
As I was cutting netting off the tree I discovered a few scions sprouting leaves! Hooray!
You can see a couple tomato cages I installed to hold the netting off the scions. These will be removed soon, I hope. Happy Spring, Northern Hemisphere!