We moving into our house six months ago. I found this house mainly for the sake of owning chickens without pesky neighbors; we live in an industrial area with pallet yards, machine shops, and factories....few residential neighbors but LOTS of sparrows. Yesterday, a hawk was in our front yard trees, apparently looking for sparrow nests... my girls, whom have free run of the yard, freaked out and huddled under a bush... I ran out and spooked the hawk. Yesterday late afternoon, I was putzing around the backyard (where my run is) whilst the hens were in the front yard. This beautiful hawk swooped down, went through my semi enclosed patio between the tarp and fencing (about four feet gap) and made a lunge/grab at a sparrow that was feeding in the run... seemed like a long time, but wasn't more than five seconds... pretty ballsy bird. After six months of no hawks, and now this occurance... I am wondering if the hawk is going to take up residence in my neighborhood. Or is it a temporary gig... oh, and I just recently noticed a baby opposum eating in the run at night... that, is a way easier problem to solve!