Most commonly seen birds in Colorado

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Colorado

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Colorado using data from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch. Birds are ranked by the percent of sites visited from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6. Ties are broken by the average group size when seen, any further ties were not broken. Data was collected at 263 count sites in Colorado. States with less than 10 count sites were not included in rankings for each bird.

Project FeederWatch, a citizen science project where participants collect data on birds at their feeders, was founded in Ontario by Erica Dunn and the Long Point Bird Observatory in 1976. The project partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology after 10 years to scale the project across the U.S. and Canada and now has over 20,000 participants.

The data Project FeederWatch collects is used by scientists to understand trends in bird populations. If you would like to participate as a FeederWatcher you can learn more about the project here.

Read on to see which birds are most commonly seen in your state.

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#46. Lewis's Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.11
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 3%
--- #2. Colorado: 1%
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#45. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.15
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arkansas: 79%
--- #2. Maryland: 74%
--- #3. New Jersey: 70%
--- #4. Virginia: 68%
--- #5. Delaware: 67%
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#44. Pinyon Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 12.76
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 8%
--- #2. Montana: 5%
--- #3. Utah: 4%
--- #4. Arizona: 1%
--- #4. Colorado: 1%
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#43. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.07
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arkansas: 17%
--- #2. Oklahoma: 12%
--- #3. Maine: 11%
--- #4. Indiana: 10%
--- #5. Maryland: 8%
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#42. Clark's Nutcracker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.38
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Montana: 18%
--- #2. Colorado: 2%

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#41. Canada Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.85
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alaska: 21%
--- #2. Montana: 3%
--- #3. Idaho: 2%
--- #3. Colorado: 2%
--- #5. Maine: 1%
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#40. Common Raven

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.09
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alaska: 25%
--- #2. New Mexico: 19%
--- #3. Wyoming: 12%
--- #4. Arizona: 8%
--- #5. California: 7%
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#39. Pine Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 4.12
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alaska: 32%
--- #2. Minnesota: 6%
--- #3. Colorado: 2%
--- #3. Maine: 2%
--- #5. Michigan: 1%
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#38. Cedar Waxwing

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 4.47
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Texas: 16%
--- #2. Mississippi: 9%
--- #2. Idaho: 9%
--- #4. South Carolina: 8%
--- #5. North Carolina: 7%
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#37. Sharp-shinned Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.02
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Idaho: 16%
--- #2. Missouri: 7%
--- #2. Kansas: 7%
--- #2. Utah: 7%
--- #5. Connecticut: 6%

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#36. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.1
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 20%
--- #2. Mississippi: 9%
--- #3. Tennessee: 6%
--- #3. Connecticut: 6%
--- #3. Massachusetts: 6%
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#35. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 6.55
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 27%
--- #2. South Dakota: 18%
--- #3. Arizona: 17%
--- #4. New Mexico: 16%
--- #5. New York: 6%
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#34. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 6.61
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Hampshire: 17%
--- #2. Vermont: 14%
--- #2. Maine: 14%
--- #4. Wyoming: 12%
--- #5. Montana: 10%
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#33. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.01
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 33%
--- #2. Arizona: 24%
--- #3. Kentucky: 21%
--- #4. New Jersey: 20%
--- #5. Illinois: 17%
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#32. Lesser Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 4.37
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 80%
--- #2. California: 59%
--- #3. Utah: 52%
--- #4. Arizona: 47%
--- #5. Oregon: 43%

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#31. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.98
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Wisconsin: 32%
--- #2. South Dakota: 24%
--- #2. Michigan: 24%
--- #4. Vermont: 23%
--- #5. New York: 20%
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#30. Evening Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 4.18
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 17%
--- #2. New Hampshire: 12%
--- #2. Vermont: 12%
--- #4. Maine: 9%
--- #5. Colorado: 7%
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#29. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 1.73
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 57%
--- #2. Kentucky: 54%
--- #3. Oregon: 49%
--- #4. West Virginia: 38%
--- #4. Pennsylvania: 38%
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#28. Townsend's Solitaire

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.08
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 16%
--- #2. South Dakota: 12%
--- #2. Wyoming: 12%
--- #4. Colorado: 10%
--- #5. Nevada: 7%
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#27. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 2.78
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 73%
--- #2. California: 69%
--- #3. Arizona: 59%
--- #4. New Mexico: 31%
--- #5. Washington: 20%

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#26. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 3.57
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. West Virginia: 87%
--- #1. Kentucky: 87%
--- #3. New Jersey: 86%
--- #4. Mississippi: 82%
--- #4. Indiana: 82%
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#25. Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 2.39
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Utah: 56%
--- #2. New Mexico: 52%
--- #3. Arizona: 16%
--- #3. Colorado: 16%
--- #5. Texas: 4%
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#24. Pine Siskin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 3.18
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 39%
--- #2. Colorado: 16%
--- #3. Arizona: 15%
--- #4. Maine: 14%
--- #5. Alabama: 10%
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#23. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 3.14
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 44%
--- #2. Maine: 42%
--- #2. Arkansas: 42%
--- #4. Minnesota: 38%
--- #5. Virginia: 32%
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#22. Pygmy Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- Average group size: 4.31
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Colorado: 18%
--- #2. California: 10%
--- #3. New Mexico: 9%
--- #4. Arizona: 7%
--- #5. South Dakota: 6%

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#21. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 19%
- Average group size: 1.33
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Vermont: 72%
--- #2. Maine: 69%
--- #3. New Hampshire: 63%
--- #4. Minnesota: 62%
--- #5. Connecticut: 61%
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#20. Steller's Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 21%
- Average group size: 2.78
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 53%
--- #2. Oregon: 42%
--- #3. Nevada: 33%
--- #4. Colorado: 21%
--- #5. Alaska: 18%
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#19. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 23%
- Average group size: 7.02
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 35%
--- #2. Mississippi: 27%
--- #3. Colorado: 23%
--- #4. Texas: 20%
--- #5. Utah: 19%
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#18. Cassin's Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 24%
- Average group size: 3.48
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Colorado: 24%
--- #2. Arizona: 23%
--- #3. New Mexico: 22%
--- #4. Wyoming: 6%
--- #5. Idaho: 5%
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#17. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 25%
- Average group size: 3.59
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Indiana: 74%
--- #2. Kentucky: 69%
--- #3. Ohio: 67%
--- #4. Delaware: 64%
--- #5. Missouri: 56%

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#16. Spotted Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 29%
- Average group size: 1.54
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 67%
--- #2. Oregon: 66%
--- #3. Nevada: 47%
--- #3. New Mexico: 47%
--- #5. Utah: 44%
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#15. Mountain Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 30%
- Average group size: 2.04
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 44%
--- #2. Colorado: 30%
--- #3. Montana: 28%
--- #4. Nevada: 27%
--- #5. Wyoming: 24%
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#14. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 33%
- Average group size: 1.26
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Maine: 71%
--- #2. Alaska: 61%
--- #3. Washington: 50%
--- #4. Wisconsin: 48%
--- #4. Michigan: 48%
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#13. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 34%
- Average group size: 4.65
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Iowa: 91%
--- #2. Illinois: 87%
--- #2. Nebraska: 87%
--- #4. Indiana: 80%
--- #5. Ohio: 79%
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#12. Bushtit

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 35%
- Average group size: 6.6
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 44%
--- #2. Oregon: 35%
--- #2. Colorado: 35%
--- #4. Washington: 30%
--- #5. Nevada: 27%

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#11. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 38%
- Average group size: 1.96
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 47%
--- #2. Tennessee: 41%
--- #2. North Carolina: 41%
--- #4. Washington: 39%
--- #4. New Mexico: 39%
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#10. Black-billed Magpie

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 38%
- Average group size: 2.23
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Montana: 59%
--- #2. Wyoming: 47%
--- #3. Idaho: 41%
--- #4. Colorado: 38%
--- #5. Alaska: 36%
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#9. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 41%
- Average group size: 3.51
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 79%
--- #2. Missouri: 76%
--- #3. Wisconsin: 75%
--- #3. Arkansas: 75%
--- #5. Maine: 74%
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#8. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 42%
- Average group size: 2.04
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nebraska: 87%
--- #2. Indiana: 83%
--- #3. Ohio: 82%
--- #4. Iowa: 81%
--- #5. New Jersey: 80%
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#7. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 43%
- Average group size: 1.3
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Maine: 87%
--- #2. West Virginia: 85%
--- #3. Connecticut: 84%
--- #3. Vermont: 84%
--- #5. Massachusetts: 83%

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#6. Eurasian Collared-Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 48%
- Average group size: 2.45
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Wyoming: 65%
--- #1. South Dakota: 65%
--- #3. Utah: 63%
--- #4. Idaho: 55%
--- #5. Colorado: 48%
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#5. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 51%
- Average group size: 1.18
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arkansas: 92%
--- #2. Connecticut: 91%
--- #2. Minnesota: 91%
--- #4. Massachusetts: 90%
--- #5. Iowa: 88%
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#4. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 67%
- Average group size: 1.45
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Montana: 72%
--- #2. Colorado: 67%
--- #3. Washington: 65%
--- #4. Oregon: 62%
--- #5. Nevada: 53%
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#3. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 74%
- Average group size: 1.93
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Vermont: 98%
--- #2. Maine: 96%
--- #2. Massachusetts: 96%
--- #4. Minnesota: 95%
--- #4. Connecticut: 95%
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#2. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 83%
- Average group size: 3.13
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nebraska: 97%
--- #2. Washington: 95%
--- #2. Oregon: 95%
--- #4. Missouri: 92%
--- #4. Delaware: 92%

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#1. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 86%
- Average group size: 5.73
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arizona: 91%
--- #2. Kentucky: 87%
--- #3. Colorado: 86%
--- #3. New Mexico: 86%
--- #3. Indiana: 86%

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