Saturday afternoon we had a huge Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) sitting at the very top of one of the Sequoia trees in our backyard. This is a picture of a Cooper’s Hawk but not the exact hawk that I saw in our tree.

When I looked out the sliding glass door from our kitchen to the backyard it looked like the wind had blown a brown paper bag into the top branches of a tree. How strange!

I grabbed the binoculars to get a closer look and low and behold the paper bag turned into a Cooper’s Hawk! After a few seconds I saw the hawk turn its head and I could see its large beak. I figured out that I was looking at the fluffy-feathered breast of the large bird. My husband and I watched the bird for a few minutes and then it flew away.