Algonquin Park is attracting more than just human tourists.

According to Friends of Algonquin Park, more than 4,700 birds from 28 different species were seen in the park during the annual Christmas Bird Count in December.

Officials say an average of 4,500 birds from 25 species are seen each year. Over 1,100 black-capped chickadees were seen in the park, the most of any species. For the first time ever during the bird count, a Merlin was also observed in Algonquin Park.

Seventy-six volunteers took part in the count, which was held on Saturday. The data that is collected allows researchers to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.

With files from Andreas Pandikiu.