The annual Christmas Bird Count is underway in Waterloo Region with the final count in Linwood on December 29.

Ken Burrell is the coordinator of the Linwood count and has been participating in the other events in Cambridge and Kitchener for the past two weeks. Along with a team of volunteers and family members, he has been taking stock of the region's bird population, finding out what species are sticking around for the winter.  

"For a lot of people it's a tradition. So people who may not get out a lot at the other times of the year always seem to ear mark the Christmas Bird Count. We always have a pretty good influx of volunteers so that's great," Burrell said. 

Burrell said he's seen a high numbers of predatory birds, like hawks, and water birds like ducks and geese during the count. 

The final results of the bird count will be used to track migration patterns and avian health across North America and the Caribbean.