Most commonly seen birds in Iowa

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Iowa

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Iowa 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 69 count sites in Iowa. 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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#41. Sharp-shinned Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#41. Red-tailed Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- 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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#41. Pine Siskin (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#41. 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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#40. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.12
- 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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#39. Fox Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.33
- 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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#38. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 2.4
- 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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#37. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 3.6
- 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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#36. Cedar Waxwing

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 4.95
- 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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#34. Carolina Wren (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#34. Barred Owl

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Iowa: 3%
--- #1. New Hampshire: 3%
--- #3. Massachusetts: 2%
--- #4. Vermont: 1%
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#33. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- 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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#32. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 2.26
- 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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#31. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 2.72
- 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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#30. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 3.16
- 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. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.09
- 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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#28. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.39
- 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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#27. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.85
- 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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#26. 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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#25. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 2.42
- 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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#24. Red-headed Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 1.18
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Iowa: 9%
--- #1. Mississippi: 9%
--- #3. Kentucky: 6%
--- #4. Tennessee: 5%
--- #4. Kansas: 5%
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#23. Harris's Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 1.79
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 26%
--- #2. Kansas: 20%
--- #3. Nebraska: 13%
--- #4. Iowa: 9%
--- #5. South Dakota: 6%
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#22. Eurasian Collared-Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 2.18
- 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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#21. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.82
- 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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#20. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 2.01
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Missouri: 22%
--- #2. Iowa: 10%
--- #3. Illinois: 4%

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#19. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 12%
- 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. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 2.14
- 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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#17. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 1.89
- 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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#16. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 19%
- Average group size: 1.15
- 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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#15. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 29%
- Average group size: 1.63
- 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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#14. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 32%
- Average group size: 1.17
- 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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#13. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 38%
- Average group size: 2.49
- 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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#12. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 39%
- 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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#11. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 55%
- Average group size: 3.84
- 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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#10. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 65%
- Average group size: 1.46
- 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. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 67%
- Average group size: 3.28
- 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. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 77%
- Average group size: 1.19
- 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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#7. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 80%
- Average group size: 4.17
- 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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#6. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 81%
- Average group size: 2.2
- 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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#5. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 84%
- 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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#4. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 87%
- Average group size: 2.42
- 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. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 88%
- Average group size: 1.72
- 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. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 88%
- Average group size: 4.83
- 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 Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 91%
- Average group size: 10.21
- 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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