I live in SE Alabama on five acres of mostly pine and some hard woods. we have about 1 acre that is pretty much cleared with the house and a large back yard. Have a 10x12 hen house attached to a 10x20 covered run. I have seen a red tailed hawk walking around the pen and when the chickens ran into the house he flew on top of it where he spent several minutes looking like a weather vane. Then I opened the back door two days later to see another hawk in a tree watching the hens. He was kinda striped underneath and had a rather long, thinner tail than the red tailed one. Lately my husband and I have seen a group of three and sometimes five dark colored, large, yellow and black hook beaked birds soaring over our yard. They fly really low over our heads! It's like they are checking us out when we are outside with the hens. I am afraid to let the girls out without us being out there! At first we thought it was vultures but we have had a lone turkey vulture for a while and it doesn't look like these birds! I put out a big fake owl and for about a month we didn't see any Hawks but they are back now! Is there a type of hawk that lives in Alabama and hunt in groups? Or has anyone had a similar experience where you live?