I went out to collect eggs. My poor little blue Marans hen is lost. She wants to go lay her egg in the tree hollow. I have blocked the hollow. While I was out there I watched about 20 crows chasing two hawks all over the property. They were very high in the sky. If it is crows they can have all the golf balls they want.
I looked for tracks but didn't see any. I don't have food in any of my coops (rats). I have watched the chickens chase birds and cats out of the yard. I know they don't stand a chance against possum or coon but those are night time predators.
I would think it is a snake. Maybe something is living up higher in the hole in the tree. I don't know if squirrels take them or not. I wouldn't think they would for eating but who knows?