This tree is part of the thickety maze that stands between our proposed building site and the creek. The thicket is laid out in irregular bands, not a single impenetrable mass; three of the bands bracket a small meadow that looks to me like prime deer-nesting area. On the northeast of that is this, a mature willow. Obviously it is scruffy as hell, and also festooned with the malicious blackberry vines that run rampant, but I know that birds love trees like this, so we will probably leave it alone. It will look lovely in the spring/summer.