Two tall trees, a birch and a beech, are growing in the woods.

A small tree begins to grow between them, and the beech says to

the birch, "Is that a son of a beech or a son of a birch?" The

birch says he cannot tell.

Just then a woodpecker lands on the sapling. The birch says,

"Woodpecker, you are a tree expert. Can you tell if that is a son

of a beech or a son of a birch?

The woodpecker takes a taste of the small tree. He replies,

"It is neither a son of a beech nor a son of a birch. It is,

however, the best piece of ash I have ever put my pecker in."