Most commonly seen birds in Minnesota

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Minnesota

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Minnesota 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 268 count sites in Minnesota. 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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#39. Fox Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.56
- 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. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.61
- 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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#37. Pine Siskin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 2.01
- 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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#36. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 2.2
- 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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#35. Common Redpoll

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 3.19
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alaska: 21%
--- #2. South Dakota: 6%
--- #3. West Virginia: 3%
--- #4. Michigan: 2%
--- #4. New Hampshire: 2%

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#34. Cedar Waxwing

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 5.11
- 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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#33. Common Raven

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.38
- 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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#32. Ring-necked Pheasant

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.54
- 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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#31. Eurasian Collared-Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.58
- 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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#30. Northern Shrike

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

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#29. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.46
- 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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#28. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- 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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#27. Sharp-shinned Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- 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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#26. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.46
- 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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#25. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 3.73
- 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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#24. Evening Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 6.37
- 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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#23. Pine Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 4.38
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alaska: 32%
--- #2. Minnesota: 6%
--- #3. Colorado: 2%
--- #3. Maine: 2%
--- #5. Michigan: 1%
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#22. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.04
- 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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#21. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 7.2
- 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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#20. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 2.41
- 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. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 12%
- Average group size: 2.37
- 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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#18. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 1.18
- 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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#17. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 2.31
- 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. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 25%
- Average group size: 3.41
- 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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#15. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 25%
- Average group size: 3.51
- 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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#14. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 36%
- Average group size: 1.18
- 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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#13. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 37%
- Average group size: 1.3
- 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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#12. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 38%
- Average group size: 2.23
- 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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#11. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 47%
- Average group size: 6.58
- 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. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 62%
- 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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#9. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 62%
- Average group size: 3.64
- 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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#8. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 63%
- Average group size: 1.13
- 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. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 72%
- Average group size: 4.64
- 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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#6. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 73%
- Average group size: 2.36
- 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. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 74%
- Average group size: 2.43
- 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. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 1.47
- 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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#3. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 4.56
- 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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#2. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 91%
- Average group size: 1.7
- 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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#1. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 95%
- Average group size: 3.28
- 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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