Red banded Brown Pelican (number A95), member of original oiled birds from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Red banded birds were first sent to Florida for release after rehabilitation, then returned to Rabbit Island, West Cove, Gulf Coast, Louisiana
Whether the prediction is for a big irruption year or not, one of the hoped-for rewards for a day in the field on just about any Christmas Bird Count season across much of North America is the chance at encountering some "winter finches." Even in non-invasion seasons such as the 110th, crossbills are a real treat for observers in many locations continent-wide. One of the counts blessed with good numbers of Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) during the 110th count was Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where this individual was artfully portrayed.