We have this inctredibly large hawk here, there are actually 2 or 3 of them, they hunt together, but only one is this brazen. It has taken birds right in front of me, attempted to right in front of me, and even flew into my front door after one on my porch once. I know the only way to keep my birds completely protected is to lock them up, which I do at night, but the main reason I got them is for tick control. My place was infested, you couldnt walk through the yard, and the chickens have made my yard pleasant for us thanks to their munching on the nasty things. Anyway, so Im working in the yard yesterday, and my momma hen and chicks and a couple others were milling around in the yard near me, and I saw the hawk coming, I dropped what was in my hand, the hawk missed on the first swoop, which swent the chicks running. The hawk was about to make a 2nd swoop, I literally ran on foot, as fast as I could and chased the thing out of the yard. It stopped mid swoop and took off over the neighbors woods. Ive never seen anything like it. Its just not afraid of us. Ive tried the shotgun (to scare, not to shoot it) and fireworks. It will leave and fly where I can see it, and just circle till I go inside then come back to the yard. UGH!!! Its weird, but it somehow manages to target my most beloved, favorite birds, and/or my kids pet birds everytime.