So I've been raising chickens since spring, 2009, and the only predator problems I've had are these: 1. A rat once stole a fertile egg the day before it was supposed to hatch. 2. One of my Buff Orpington cockerels wandered off and was hunted. Those aren't major problems, but then, December 28, 2010, a hawk suddenly decided to come down and kill my favorite hen! We managed to scare the hawk away before it could harm any other chickens, and I buried the hen. But while I was putting heavy rocks on the grave (to keep foxes and dogs from digging the hen up), the hawk flew down and landed on a branch in the pine tree next to me and started to watch me. I started to chase the hawk away and while it flew, I saw its details-- sort of. At first, it looked like a peregrine falcon, then it looked like a sharp-shinned hawk, then it looked like something else. I have no idea what breed it was. It was a little bigger than my Rhode Island Red rooster and had a tawny belly with blackish speckles and gray and white wings. Can anyone help me identify this bird? I live in western New York, if that helps.