My dad and I were talking the other day and I brought up the problem I have with hawks, especially red tails. When I let mine out I have to stay out, the second I turn my back, trouble.
We discussed hawks and chickens and dad mentioned that hawks have only been plentiful the last 15 years or so.
He and I could not remember ever having a hawk attack or even seeing them around our place in Missouri.
He said and I agree you rarely saw a red tail, coopers, goshawk etc "back in the day".
Occasionally you saw or heard a barn owl or a great horned owl.
My commute is 23 miles and if I remember I'll keep an eye out but I bet I'll see at least 2 if not 3 red tails on the way to home and wouldn't bet you a nickel one will likely be on my dusk to dawn light in my yard. My hens are in a covered run and simply don't pay any attention to the resident they are so use to him.
You old timers out there have any thoughts, remembrances?