what is THIS?

what is THIS?

This is likely inappropriate here, but unless the mods delete it or someone directs me to a weird ornithology forum...

I went out to pick some tomatoes this evening and this bird fluttered from the fence onto the chair on which it's pictured, then sat perfectly still, only turning its head to glare at me as I took pictures. Which, of course, came out horribly because it was twilight and I was trying not to scare it away by using the flash. I think it's a bird of prey, based on its talons, beak and mean look, and maybe a young one as it wasn't terribly confident flying? Such creatures aren't normally flapping around the backyard gardens of Queens, but I'd love to know what's been visiting me and what it's eating in my garden. I left for a few hours and it was gone when I returned. Any thoughts would be appreciated, as I can't find any helpful classification websites. And I apologize for the dreadful photo quality:







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