It's a Mountain Ash, one of about a half dozen bare root seedlings I planted in 1992. It became the favorite tree of the Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in our yard.
Sapsuckers first appeared in our yard in August 2004, most always seen on the mountain ashes. They'd occasionally check out the maple and plum trees, but they always ended up back on the ash trees, creating wells to create a free-flow of sap and to feast on the berries.
Many young sapsuckers have used these trees in their first weeks of life to drink the sap and eat insects that were drawn to the sap. Perhaps 5 or 6 generations of sapsuckers have drilled their first wells on this tree.
Two other ashes succumbed to sapsucker damage a couple years ago. They are now lichen covered skeletons, still standing, but devoid of their compound leaves and orange/red berries during the growing season.
The healthiest survivor still hosts sapsuckers as well as other fruit-loving birds. It's a beautiful tree, shorter than the one that fell, but in a critical corner of the yard. I hope it recovers each year from the wounds inflicted on it by the sapsuckers. But even if it falls someday, I'm pleased that a half dozen trees I planted in my yard have provided food for generations of sapsuckers.
Now the big question: I didn't see the tree fall, so...did it make a noise?