THE BRONX - Residents spent their morning searching for birds in Pelham Bay Park for the annual Christmas Bird Count.

Each year, a group of nature enthusiasts gather to identify and count different species of birds.

While many of these volunteers joined the bird count as a recreational activity, there is a scientific component to it as well.

They say the data collected can help scientists evaluate the health of the environment, and whether a species is in decline.

With the record-breaking warm weather, the birdwatchers sought out birds that normally wouldn't appear this time of year.