this bird visited at the same time last year-Dallas, TX
July 3, 2015 on porch
I live in North Dallas, TX. Last year on July 3rd, this bird landed in our backyard and came up onto the porch. I only saw it that once. Then on June 26th of 2016, it came back, or another of the same kind. On June 30th, there were two in the back yard. I have not been able to identify this bird using various online tools or in Texas and North American bird books. I keep looking in the water bird sections, but maybe I am wrong about that. We live about a half mile from a wooded stream area in our neighborhood. Ducks stop by to eat in our yard on a daily basis. Last year a duck made her nest in the iris. I do not know for sure if the ducks and these birds live or visit the creek area, but I think so. I would love to find out what bird this is. I appreciate any help you can give me. Perhaps is is very obvious and since I don't really know birds, I am missing what is right in front of me. The photo of the bird on the back porch is from 2015. The photos in the grass are from this week, in 2016.There is only one photo which sort of shows the white tufts on the head. Sorry that the photo of the porch is not in the correct alignment.