Hubby and I were sitting under the willow down by the lower garden having some ice tea, when he said "What is that up in that tree? A nest??". It was across the creek, and looked like a dark mass in the tree. Then it moved...it was a bear feasting on the plump buds of the Cottonwood. We have seen this before, but too far away to take any clear photos. This is still a bit far. What an acrobat! Hubby figures he was about 70 feet up the tree. This is why he looked like a bird nest from afar. Trying to reach the good ones without going out on a limb. This photo shows him going up even higher....he's not happy about it. His ears remind me of a dog's. He would act like a monkey - holding on with three legs and pulling down branches to snack on. I can see why they say to never bother climbing a tree to get away from a black bear. He's far braver, and much hungrier, than I will ever be. We missed him coming down, we just looked up and he was gone. Hopefully he climbed down.