GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Not all of our fine-feathered friends have headed south for the winter.
The 2013 Christmas Bird Count held in Kent County logged 8,725 bird sightings, including 105 American robins.
More than 50 volunteers with the Grand Rapids Audubon Club spent a bright, snow-covered day afield counting birds in a designated area of Kent County.
They were part of the National Audubon Society's 114th annual bird census - the longest-running citizen survey in the world. More than 70,000 volunteer bird counters participated in the count, which ran Dec. 14 through Jan. 5. Kent County conducted its survey Dec. 28.
Christmas bird counts help document seasonal abundance, population trends and changes in distribution.
In Kent County, a total of 38 species were recorded. Leading the list with the most sightings was the European starling (1,353) followed by the house sparrow (814). Number three on the list was Canada goose (732).
Spotters also saw 67 wild turkeys, 48 red-tailed hawks, eight bald eagles and eight owls, including five Great Horned owls.
Among surprises was sightings of 17 Carolina wrens. Only 37 Carolina wrens had been seen locally over the previous 61 years.
Nationally, the 2012-13 count shattered records. More than 60 million birds of 2,296 different species were counted.