Most commonly seen birds in Kansas

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Kansas

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Kansas 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 Kansas. 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. Brown-headed Cowbird

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

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.05
- 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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#38. Spotted Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.17
- 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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#37. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.29
- 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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#36. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.54
- 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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#35. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- 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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#34. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.09
- 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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#33. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.13
- 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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#32. Red-headed Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.14
- 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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#31. Carolina Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.48
- 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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#30. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.76
- 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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#29. White-winged Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.86
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Texas: 65%
--- #2. New Mexico: 42%
--- #3. Louisiana: 27%
--- #4. Oklahoma: 15%
--- #4. Arizona: 15%
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#28. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.96
- 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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#27. Sharp-shinned Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- 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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#26. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 3.02
- 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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#25. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 3.24
- 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. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 2.5
- 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. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 3.68
- 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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#22. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 1.72
- 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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#21. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 1.04
- 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. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 1.76
- 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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#19. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- Average group size: 2.32
- 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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#18. Eurasian Collared-Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 20%
- Average group size: 2.03
- 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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#17. Harris's Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 20%
- Average group size: 3.72
- 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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#16. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 34%
- Average group size: 1.19
- 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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#15. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 34%
- Average group size: 1.21
- 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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#14. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 39%
- Average group size: 1.14
- 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. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 41%
- Average group size: 1.21
- 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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#12. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 43%
- Average group size: 1.71
- 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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#11. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 48%
- Average group size: 1.86
- 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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#10. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 52%
- Average group size: 4.25
- 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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#9. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 57%
- 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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#8. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 57%
- Average group size: 4.88
- 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. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 61%
- Average group size: 3.27
- 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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#6. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 61%
- Average group size: 7.2
- 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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#5. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 64%
- Average group size: 1.4
- 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. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 73%
- Average group size: 3.55
- 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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#3. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 75%
- Average group size: 2.3
- 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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#2. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 82%
- Average group size: 3.01
- 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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#1. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 84%
- Average group size: 4.18
- 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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