I was in the kitchen looking out at Tammy Wynette and Gobbles free range. The two chickens were in an area which I generally had thought of as safe, because it has the "cover" of redwood trees on one side and the enclosed garden on the other side (Thank goodness my slow chicken was locked up in "broody-jail"). DBF was taking a Sunday morning nap on the air mattress that I had put outside for myself (so I could keep an eye on the "little girls" for their first couple of nights outside - okay, don't tell me none of you have ever slept out side the first few nights your chicks were outside!). I was thinking to myself, 'oh, a hawk would be totally scared of that massive white blob of blankets.......' WRONG! Swwwwwooooooop, went the hawk. I went running for the backdoor as fast as I could. Tammy and Gobbles jumped on top of John's head while he was sleeping! John was startled awake and popped up out of the covers when the girls landed on his head, which scared the hawk away. I got there in time to see the hawk fly from from its landing spot - out of a tree at the edge of the neighbor's yard, over the top of the neighbor's house. I knew free ranging was a calculated risk, but now I have been personally warned & humbled. I'm so grateful my girls are OK. Does anyone know which kind of hawk has a mottled tail? I'm in Northern Cal. Thanks!