Ok, Until yesterday I just read these posts about Hawks and thought, "Really?" But, if it's on BYC then it's true... So I have been watching the 2 hawks that like to circle my yard when I let my ducks out to free range. They have been circling way up high so I can't really get a good look at them. In fact, at first I thought they were vultures but then realized... no, those are hawks. Anyway, yesterday after I let the duckies out, (and marveled at the nest I found full of eggs-it was an exciting day) I heard my duck quack in a funny way. (Hard to explain, but it was like a solitary, "quack".) I turn around to see a HAWK swoop down, come about a foot from my ducks and then continue up again. OMG!! I was RIGHT THERE!! Not only that but my husband was right there too! It came within probably 5 feet of my husband. My conclusion: I think this hawk was swooping down to check things out, because it obviously wasn't in attack mode. I think the duck did that weird quack as a warning. I think this hawk will no longer be afraid of us, if it even was before, because we just stood there dumbfounded like a bunch of jerks! We should have done something! Seriously, we just stood there with our jaws open! It just happened SO FAST! I think my ducks maybe didn't get attacked because of the rose bushes they were standing under. And I also think this hawk will be back. But at least I can have a different perspective now when reading your stories. As for the ducks. Not sure what I'm going to do there. We live in the city (not for long) so I watch the duckies all day long. I'm a stay at home mom, so when duckies are out, I'm able to check on them ALL the time. I may limit their free range time. I don't know for sure. I'll figure it out though! Cuz nothins' getting my girlies! ps: The hawks don't circle every day. I will update on if it comes back today. I will also try to get a picture. Although it would be from way up high.. still I'll try to get one. And also I would love to read your hawk stories! PLease post them for me!