today became my first encounter with the hawks that have resided in the woods behind my house for years... now i didnt see anything but my mom disrupted my shower to scream at me to get outside.. apparently she had looked out to check on them when they were free ranging the back yard. she thought cricket (my fawn and white runner) was playing with piper (grey runner)she then realized it was a hawk on the ground that was trying to fly away or eat cricket. my mom ran outside screaming to get it away, i think any number of minutes later and my cricket would have been a goner. it had her leg in its beak and she was flapping her wings and using her bill to fend him off, while piper, eve, and lacy ran to the front yard, and elvis ran under the pool deck for cover, after we got it away we put them all away and i took cricket in for some tlc and ointment. she bled a good amount but has just a beak mark cut on her lower leg, im in shock that i came so close to loosing one of my feathery friends and am kind of scared to let them free range again.. any one have suggestions or advice about hawks other than c.d.s? although i am extremely angered and frustrated, my heart goes out to the hawk and how starved he must be..