Last week, I received an email from a friend asking about a strange bird encounter she recently had. She lives in rural Georgia/Milton, on a dairy farm where she raises a small flock of chickens. At about 5 pm on the last weekend of October, the chickens were out in the yard when she suddenly heard a huge ruckus among the flock. She ran over and saw a huge bird flying low trying to grab the chickens. It was light grey with white spots and large (probably 5ft?) wingspan. She thought it was a hawk, but another observer said it may have been an owl. She ran around screaming and chasing it away, but it kept coming back until she finally ran right up to it (probably about 10ft away); it was coming straight at her, head on, till finally it veered off and flew off toward the pasture. Her question is what could it have been, and will it continue to haunt her flock? It was seemingly prepared to carry off a full sized chicken.