Photo shows 3 or 4
such an unpopular bird but when it greeted me as I got out of my car, thought it deserved a picture
En el cauce de un arroyo seco, comiendo frutos de una higuera.
this big bird threw a wave of fear through the other birds who had been feeding at the suet basket; pretty quiet for awhile. Only got one shot off through the screened in porch before it took flight.
Probably an escapee form somewhere. NGS field guide makes the following statement on this species: "Eurasian species. Regular winter visitor to outer and central Aleutians; has bred at Attu Island. Casual elsewhere in Northwestern North America. Records from eastern North America all treated as escapees." As to this individual bird, I don't have a clue. It was on the same farmer's pond as a Trumpeter Swan, which is also virtually unknown in central Texas.http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/157578
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.