Most commonly seen birds in Delaware

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Delaware

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Delaware 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 36 count sites in Delaware. 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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#40. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 47%
--- #2. South Carolina: 37%
--- #3. Mississippi: 36%
--- #4. Alabama: 33%
--- #5. North Carolina: 32%
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#40. Red-shouldered Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- 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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#40. Hermit Thrush

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. North Carolina: 18%
--- #2. California: 17%
--- #3. Georgia: 15%
--- #4. Virginia: 13%
--- #5. Alabama: 8%
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#39. Great Blue Heron

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.21
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. South Carolina: 4%
--- #2. Delaware: 3%
--- #2. Alabama: 3%
--- #4. North Carolina: 2%
--- #4. Texas: 2%
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#38. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.84
- 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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#37. Mallard

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 8.03
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Utah: 7%
--- #2. South Dakota: 6%
--- #3. Maine: 4%
--- #4. Delaware: 3%
--- #4. Montana: 3%
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#35. Red-tailed Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#33. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.05
- 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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#33. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.05
- 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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#32. Yellow-rumped Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.13
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 60%
--- #2. Georgia: 58%
--- #3. South Carolina: 55%
--- #4. North Carolina: 46%
--- #5. Florida: 45%
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#31. Pine Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.17
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 62%
--- #2. South Carolina: 54%
--- #3. North Carolina: 45%
--- #4. Alabama: 35%
--- #5. Florida: 33%
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#30. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 2.13
- 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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#29. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#28. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.23
- 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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#27. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.3
- 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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#26. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 4.4
- 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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#25. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 1.92
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. West Virginia: 49%
--- #2. Missouri: 35%
--- #3. Pennsylvania: 29%
--- #4. Virginia: 25%
--- #5. Ohio: 23%
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#24. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 2.22
- 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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#23. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 3.15
- 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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#22. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#21. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 19%
- Average group size: 1.21
- 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. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 19%
- Average group size: 2.23
- 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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#19. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 22%
- Average group size: 3.98
- 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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#18. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 28%
- 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: 1.25
- 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. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 33%
- Average group size: 1.28
- 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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#15. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 56%
- Average group size: 2.36
- 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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#14. Carolina Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 58%
- Average group size: 1.86
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arkansas: 96%
--- #2. Alabama: 93%
--- #3. South Carolina: 92%
--- #4. Oklahoma: 85%
--- #4. Georgia: 85%
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#13. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 61%
- Average group size: 1.1
- 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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#12. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 61%
- Average group size: 1.93
- 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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#11. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 61%
- Average group size: 4.22
- 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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#10. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 64%
- Average group size: 1.42
- 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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#9. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 64%
- Average group size: 3.96
- 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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#8. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 67%
- Average group size: 3.13
- 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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#7. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 69%
- Average group size: 1.17
- 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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#6. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 75%
- Average group size: 1.42
- 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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#5. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 2.02
- 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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#4. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 2.64
- 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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#3. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 3.72
- 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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#2. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 81%
- Average group size: 4.02
- 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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#1. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 92%
- Average group size: 3.54
- 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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