Most commonly seen birds in Connecticut

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Connecticut

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Connecticut 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 165 count sites in Connecticut. 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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#44. Bald Eagle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alaska: 11%
--- #2. West Virginia: 3%
--- #3. Connecticut: 1%
--- #3. Iowa: 1%
--- #3. Maine: 1%
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#43. Great Horned Owl

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.29
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alaska: 4%
--- #2. Oklahoma: 3%
--- #3. Connecticut: 1%
--- #3. Oregon: 1%
--- #3. South Carolina: 1%
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#41. Red-shouldered Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Florida: 11%
--- #2. Maryland: 9%
--- #2. Oklahoma: 9%
--- #4. North Carolina: 8%
--- #4. Virginia: 8%
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#41. Golden-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Louisiana: 5%
--- #1. Alabama: 5%
--- #3. Washington: 4%
--- #3. North Carolina: 4%
--- #3. Arkansas: 4%
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#40. Eastern Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.33
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Tennessee: 37%
--- #2. North Carolina: 34%
--- #3. Georgia: 32%
--- #4. Alabama: 25%
--- #5. Mississippi: 18%

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#39. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.64
- 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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#38. Canada Goose

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 13.71
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 6%
--- #2. Rhode Island: 3%
--- #3. Georgia: 2%
--- #3. Connecticut: 2%
--- #3. Indiana: 2%
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#37. Field Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 2.75
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 9%
--- #2. Tennessee: 7%
--- #3. South Carolina: 5%
--- #4. Texas: 4%
--- #5. Nebraska: 3%
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#36. Fox Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.35
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 24%
--- #1. Oregon: 24%
--- #3. Oklahoma: 18%
--- #4. California: 15%
--- #5. Kentucky: 10%
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#35. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 2.86
- 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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#34. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 7.95
- 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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#32. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.07
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. North Carolina: 18%
--- #1. Oklahoma: 18%
--- #3. Georgia: 15%
--- #4. Virginia: 14%
--- #5. Tennessee: 13%
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#32. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.07
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Minnesota: 36%
--- #2. Michigan: 19%
--- #2. Wisconsin: 19%
--- #4. Indiana: 18%
--- #5. West Virginia: 15%
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#31. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.18
- 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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#30. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.78
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 58%
--- #2. Mississippi: 55%
--- #2. South Carolina: 55%
--- #4. North Carolina: 34%
--- #5. Alabama: 33%

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#29. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 3.29
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alabama: 23%
--- #2. Ohio: 15%
--- #3. Tennessee: 14%
--- #3. Florida: 14%
--- #3. Delaware: 14%
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#28. Sharp-shinned Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- 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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#27. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.05
- 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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#26. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.68
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Mississippi: 27%
--- #2. Arkansas: 25%
--- #2. Georgia: 25%
--- #4. Missouri: 23%
--- #5. North Carolina: 22%
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#25. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.96
- 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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#24. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.04
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Mississippi: 64%
--- #2. South Carolina: 57%
--- #3. Alabama: 53%
--- #4. Georgia: 49%
--- #5. Tennessee: 46%
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#23. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 3.8
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Florida: 29%
--- #2. New Jersey: 27%
--- #3. Delaware: 22%
--- #4. Arkansas: 21%
--- #5. Tennessee: 16%
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#22. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 2.54
- 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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#21. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.04
- 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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#20. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- Average group size: 2.93
- 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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#19. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 27%
- Average group size: 1.1
- 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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#18. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 27%
- Average group size: 2.61
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 67%
--- #2. North Carolina: 63%
--- #3. South Carolina: 60%
--- #4. Mississippi: 55%
--- #5. Virginia: 50%
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#17. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 33%
- Average group size: 1.4
- 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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#16. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 38%
- Average group size: 3.83
- 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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#15. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 53%
- Average group size: 4.82
- 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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#14. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 54%
- Average group size: 1.2
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. North Carolina: 84%
--- #1. South Carolina: 84%
--- #3. Georgia: 81%
--- #4. Alabama: 80%
--- #5. Virginia: 79%
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#13. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 54%
- Average group size: 2.62
- 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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#12. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 61%
- Average group size: 1.2
- 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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#11. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 68%
- Average group size: 2.77
- 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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#10. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 72%
- Average group size: 3.31
- 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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#9. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 74%
- Average group size: 2.45
- 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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#8. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 4.7
- 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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#7. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 80%
- Average group size: 1.15
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. West Virginia: 87%
--- #2. Ohio: 81%
--- #3. Connecticut: 80%
--- #4. Kentucky: 79%
--- #5. Indiana: 78%
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#6. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 84%
- Average group size: 1.5
- 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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#5. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 87%
- Average group size: 2.11
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Kentucky: 100%
--- #2. Arkansas: 96%
--- #2. Missouri: 96%
--- #4. Maryland: 94%
--- #5. Tennessee: 93%

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#4. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 90%
- Average group size: 4.35
- 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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#3. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 91%
- Average group size: 1.79
- 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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#2. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 92%
- Average group size: 2.91
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. West Virginia: 100%
--- #2. Connecticut: 92%
--- #3. North Carolina: 90%
--- #3. Georgia: 90%
--- #5. Massachusetts: 89%
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#1. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 95%
- Average group size: 2.62
- 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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