after a close call earlier this year with a hawk.. and many times coming in contact, one managed to kill my blue runner duck when i wasnt around. i feel terrible that if maybe i had checked on them sooner i would have maybe saved her. The scene was not that bad actually considering what else ive seen.. there were feathers missing and a big cut on the base of the back of her skull.. you could see bone but there was absolutely no blood, not even any red. It was really wierd and now i feel guilty that she may have suffered unneccessarily. When i found her she was already pretty stiff and barely warm, her neck seemed intact but i remain unconvinced that the gash killed her... My remaining four ducks are terrified to go near that part of my yard now.. and i feel terrible because i know theres nothing i really can do if i want to freerange my ducks. arggh talk about frustration.. After i buried her remains the hawk returned to the scene and pushed feathers around and saw there was no body, it was a pretty big hawk im guessing a red tailed. I felt bad because its the circle of life and he must be pretty hungry, and now Something else will have to die because i wont let him eat her remains.. and for that i feel guilty.. im way to empathetic.. !