I know that hawks and all raptors are predators of opportunity and can be chicken thieves of the worst kind. But I must say something in their behalf. Last night as I was walking out the gate from work, at dusk, there was a flock of English Starling (aka flying rats) swooping around low, around the trees tops looking for a place to roost. As they were on final approach to an American Holly, there suddenly appeared a Sharp shank Hawk on the 6 o'clock of their formation. The starlings dove into holly seeking the cover of the thick evergreen foliage, but this did not slow down the hawk, he went right in after them. Seconds later, he appeared with a starling in each talon. I said to myself, Good for you ole man, that is two less of those things that poop on me out in the open process of my work area.