well, I don't know the rest of the story. When my husband stepped outside this morning, this little guy was standing on the porch. The cats were standing on the porch too, looking innocent. Well as innocent as cats can look. We picked him up and looked him over and could find no injuries at all. His wings seemed to be working and we could find no puncture wounds. But something strange had to be going on for a wild hawk to let humans pick it up and check it out and then sit calmly upon my husband's hand for a picture taking session. We took him out into the woods, well away from houses and cats. After arrival there and a little more visiting he flew to the top of a nearby tree. I would like to know how and why he came to be on my porch but unless the cats tell guess we'll never know.
BTW, Happy Birthday "Rusty Shackleford" !
After thought and consideration the new theory is that this fellow was swooping in to get a bird and crashed into one of my kitchen windows. He was found directly underneath a window and in close proximity to one of the many birdfeeders around my house. He had been seen swooping around before dive bombing my chickens. He's very ambitious as he is only about 1/10th the size of my chickens. I've perused the bird field guide and think he is a Sharp Shinned Hawk. Named for their long spindly legs.