Most commonly seen birds in Idaho

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Idaho

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Idaho 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 44 count sites in Idaho. 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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#43. White-breasted Nuthatch (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#43. Western Screech-Owl (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Idaho: 2%
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#43. Pileated Woodpecker (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#43. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- 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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#42. Varied Thrush

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.12
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 50%
--- #2. Oregon: 36%
--- #3. Alaska: 14%
--- #4. Idaho: 2%

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#41. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.17
- 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 Crossbill

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.7
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Idaho: 2%
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#39. Canada Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.9
- 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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#38. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.44
- 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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#37. Mallard

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.52
- 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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#36. Evening Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 6.88
- 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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#33. Red-tailed Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- 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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#33. Merlin (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Idaho: 5%
--- #2. Utah: 4%
--- #3. Montana: 3%
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#33. American Kestrel

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 7%
--- #1. Utah: 7%
--- #3. Idaho: 5%
--- #4. Oregon: 2%
--- #5. Arizona: 1%
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#32. Townsend's Solitaire

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.18
- 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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#31. Common Raven

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.24
- 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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#30. Ring-necked Pheasant

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.58
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Montana: 8%
--- #2. South Dakota: 6%
--- #2. Wyoming: 6%
--- #4. Idaho: 5%
--- #5. Minnesota: 2%
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#29. Cassin's Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.72
- 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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#28. Pine Siskin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 2.62
- 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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#27. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 4.06
- 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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#26. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 8.33
- 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. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.29
- 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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#24. Steller's Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 2.8
- 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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#23. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 2.97
- 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. Spotted Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 1.81
- 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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#21. Cedar Waxwing

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 6.7
- 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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#20. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 5.08
- 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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#19. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 1.02
- 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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#18. Mountain Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 1.25
- 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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#17. Sharp-shinned Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 1.01
- 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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#16. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 1.13
- 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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#15. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 20%
- Average group size: 1.43
- 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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#14. California Quail

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 20%
- Average group size: 11.41
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 33%
--- #2. Idaho: 20%
--- #3. California: 10%
--- #4. Oregon: 7%
--- #4. Washington: 7%
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#13. Lesser Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 25%
- Average group size: 4.28
- 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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#12. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 25%
- Average group size: 6.04
- 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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#11. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 27%
- Average group size: 2.33
- 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. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 27%
- Average group size: 3.81
- 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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#9. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 32%
- Average group size: 1.43
- 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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#8. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 39%
- Average group size: 3.97
- 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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#7. Black-billed Magpie

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 41%
- Average group size: 2.41
- 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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#6. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 45%
- Average group size: 1.39
- 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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#5. Eurasian Collared-Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 55%
- Average group size: 4.39
- 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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#4. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 11.21
- 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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#3. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 61%
- Average group size: 2.35
- 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. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 75%
- Average group size: 10.07
- 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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#1. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 86%
- Average group size: 4.58
- 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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