Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii) are skulkers of the grasslands, and it is often difficult to appreciate the subtle beauty of such birds given how hard they are to see. Normally found on CBCs in the southwest and Mexico, this beautifully photographed example was one of the two found this season at Apalachicola Bay -St. Vincent N.W.R., Florida. Photo/John B. Spohrer, Jr.
Hummingbirds have become a real phenomenon on Christmas Bird Counts, both in their “expected” area of abundance along the Gulf Coast and in southern areas, and increasingly on far-flung CBCs to the north. This Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), an immature male, was attracted not by feeders but by late-blooming flowers, and spent the fall at Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers, New York, to be counted on the Bronx-Westchester, New York, CBC. Photo/Phil Jeffrey
Le Conte's Sparrow seen on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge in Texas on the Christmas Bird Count.
Though penguins have been tallied on Christmas Bird Counts in or near southern South America over the past few seasons, they have been of species that breed on the mainland, not birds restricted to the ice of the Antarctic continent. During the 109th CBC Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelus adeliae) were tallied for the first time (in the hundreds of thousands!), their inclusion a result of the brand new count, the first ever in Antarctica, at Cape Crozier. Photo/Noah Strycker.