Then the winged wonder sat on top of the coop/pen and pondered what had just happened.
The chickens stirred a little, but not much. They clearly felt pretty safe in their pen. The hawk kinda looked around as if checking to see if anyone saw his blunder.
DIY Guy has an awesome book on birds (that I gave him for Christmas, thank you very much)....so I looked up our visitor.
Yes, it IS a hawk.
According to David Sibley..... and my best guess ... it's a Cooper's Hawk. Probably a juvenile in its first year.
Now for the educational part of the post....
Cooper's Hawks are found in and at the edges of mixed or coniferous forests, hunting medium-size birds in ambush attacks through dense cover. (really? I wouldn't consider our larger size chickens as "medium-size" birds --- must have been a hungry hawk!
That pretty much describes what happened tonight.
I'm really glad that I didn't have the chickens in the yard (free-range) this evening. It might not have been a pretty sight.