Today's bird is the White-Tailed Kite! White-Tailed Kites are a type of bird of prey (check out the angry looking beak and legs). They spend a lot of time "kiting" or hanging out in the sky, the way this one is in the photo. They just sort of hang in the air catching the draft, flapping their wings once in awhile looking for delicious mice to eat.
White-tailed kites are mostly around in the Valley during the winter and spring, so I go through the summer without seeing them and then they're back! Last weekend, I ran into two at Delta Lake in Elsa, but this picture's actually kind of an old one. I took it on the side of the road in Mission, Texas on February 21, 2012.