A woman who lives in the building that is adjacent to the one in which I live, has called me on a few occasions to alert me to the fact that a hawk is alighting on the branches of a nearby Ailanthus Tree and is staring at my rooftop garden. Her assumption has always been that the hawk is doing this because he/she "knows I feed the birds who visit my place."
Yesterday was the first time that I happen to notice the awesome creature. He/she is featured in the photograph atop this entry where, indeed, he/she does appear to be staring down at my garden.
Because of my proximity to Central Park, where Red-Tailed hawks are known to visit, I assumed this creature was that bird type. I've only seen this bird variety on one occasion, which is when I went to a bird rehab facility, The Raptor Trust, which is in New Jersey.
I became acquainted with this organization in 2016, after I rescued a Northern Flicker (who I named Super) and took him to The Wild Bird Fund (The WBF), who had to ultimately transfer him to the place in New Jersey as they were unable to treat Super's injuries.
In any event, getting back to my seeing a hawk alighting on branches of an Ailanthus Tree (as he/she is doing in all the photographs seen here) I reached out to others to confirm my ID before blogging about it (as I don't want to report fake news).