How common is it for a hawk to attack a grown goose? The geese were in the pasture yesterday and suddenly they all were flying toward the gate, with some looking back. Thankfully I was outside and quickly went to check out what was going on and saw a goose flapping some distance from the gate. As I approched a hawk flew away from the goose. Again, thankfully, no serious damage was done to the dewlap besides being all shook up and some minor wounds. She gave no resistance to being carried to the house to be checked out. I think it was a red tailed hawk. Not sure from that distance. We have had hawks live in the area for years. Permanent residents. I had noticed a couple of weeks ago that I had not seen them in a while. All through the years there has not been any trouble from the local hawks, now this new bold one shows up. I will also need to pay attention to the wild doves to see if their numbers seem the same as before. It just seems like a goose is too large of a target for a hawk. Or do they always attack them and the local hawks were the exception?