In the fall I lost 4 free ranging birds at dusk. One headless the rest left for dead (even the rooster was taken out). I was devastated. After that I started locking the birds up and only letting them out when I was in the yard. This morning I put my surviving 5 birds in the fenced in garden, but my buttercup always flies out and unfortunately did that this am. It was 10 am when I put them in the garden and by 11am I found her decapitated in the yard, feathers everywhere. Wondering what might be getting my girls. Fox? Coyote? Thought those only hunted at dusk or dawn. She was 1 year old, but not a huge bird. Could it be a hawk? I don't think it would be as heartbreaking if they just took the whole bird, but the take off the head and leave the meat is really upsetting.