I went out to my chicken coop one morning a little while back to get some eggs for our breakfast. When I opened the gate to the chicken yard something came flashing out of the coop like a bat out of hell! I had the yard netted off to keep predators out, so I knew I had a good chance of catching whatever it was. Well to my surprise a small hawk had gotten in through a hole in the netting. I chased him into a corner of the yard and was able to catch him.
As I was holding him carefully I opened the door to the coop to see the damage. Unfortunately he had already dined on one of my two Rhode Island Reds and the other was no where to be found. I will spare you the gruesome details. I carried my prisoner to the back deck patio door. I knocked on the door and when my wife looked out of the glass her eyes went wide in wonder. She ran to get the camera and took the picture above. During the entire episode my 1/2 Border Collie / 1/2 Austrailian Shepard dog named Ginger kept vigil.
After a quick inspection of the magnificent raptor we let the uninvited guest take off for the trees. Later on that day I came back home from the store and there was the hawk sitting on the hood of my truck. It was like we were old buddies and he was just hanging out, waiting for me to get home so I could open the restaurant back up for another meal!
We see and hear him around the property every once and awhile. And just yesterday he flew over the back deck chattering at my wife and myself as if to say "What time is dinner?"