Does the red tailed hawk hunt from the sky or from a perch? One flew over my yard yesterday, at two different times, crying. The wind was semi-strong, it was a sunny but cold day. We were putting sheet metal on a new barn. The chickens were free ranging as usual, but most were "chilling" in the woods or under brush and tall grasses. Prior to this, I've heard the cry of a hawk (so I knew one was near by) but I had not seen one for some time around my property.