Today I was witness to one of my sweet little ducks get taken by a HUGE hawk. I only let them free range when I am home so I can keep an eye on them. But that still wasn't enough. Right before my eyes a hawk swoops out of our giant old maple tree and quickly takes out my Ping. I ran as fast as I could but she was gone. The hawk slowly hopped, then flew away. At least it was a quick death. I should have realized something was up when my chickens kept making a ruckous but they yell over squirrels in the yard. Now my other ducks are all locked in their pen, and my DH is putting a top on the pen to keep anyone else out. So much for my free ranging duckies and Ping will be greatly missed. She was such a sweet little buff duck and my daughters favorite.