Wow! Free range the girls when someone or the dogs are out there to protect them. This early morning, I was out w/em, editing material, when suddenly the crowded community of hummingbirds in the five orange cape cod bushes went on high alert. Looked like the skies above an aircraft carrier. Lots of noise and proactive scattering. Then suddenly a group of crows show up. My chickens understood the hummingbird lingo immediately and dove under a tall, broad lemon grass plant and under the snail bush. Both plants have patio chairs next to them offering more protection. At the first sounds from the hummingbirds, my lab whom was inside sleeping was outside in a shot. The hawk flew low behind me, dared to turn, and started to park itself on the fence. Between the dog and the hummingbirds, they vocalized differently, my normally calm dog was nearly in her face. Hawk went elsewhere for about three minutes, but the crows/hummingbirds were onto her game. It was the first time I ever heard the serious warning sounds from the chickens, then the absolute silence, not a feather ruffled until the good guys flying over changed their sounds. I'm taking a break to refill all the hummingbird feeders and switch out a few wild bird feeders with treats the crows love!!!