The Beech tree hasn't been looking very good this year. Our friends and neighbors have commented on its sparse appearance. We've noticed lots of dead branches. So we called an arborist. He confirmed its not doing so well.
It turns out Beech trees do not do well in a drought. And we've had a dry summer. So we started watering and they came out to prune it.
Keep your fingers crossed. It would be a shame if we killed a 200 year old beech tree in just 7 short years of owning it.