Poor photo, but this bird's worth documenting here because of its patchy distribution
Group in bushes
Perched in woods
6 on pond, then all flew. Below freezing, pond not frozen.
21 Jan 2010.
Assunpink WMA, Monmouth Co, NJ.
These birds are undoubtedly pen-raised and released for hunting.
28 Mar 2015.
Island View Crossing, Bristol, Bucks Co, PA.
Chordates are members of the phylum Chordata, deuterostome animals possessing a notochord, a hollow dorsal nerve cord, pharyngeal slits, an endostyle, and a post-anal tail for at least some period of their life cycles. Taxonomically, the phylum includes the subphyla Vertebrata, including mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds; Tunicata, including salps and sea squirts; and Cephalochordata, comprising the lancelets.