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