Most commonly seen birds in Nebraska

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Nebraska

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Nebraska 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 30 count sites in Nebraska. 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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#28. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.19
- 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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#27. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 2.56
- 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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#26. Field Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 4.86
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 9%
--- #2. Tennessee: 7%
--- #3. South Carolina: 5%
--- #4. Texas: 4%
--- #5. Nebraska: 3%
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#25. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.35
- 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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#24. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 2.14
- 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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#22. Cooper's Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- 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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#22. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- 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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#21. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.55
- 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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#20. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 2.01
- 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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#19. Harris's Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 2.17
- 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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#18. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 2.28
- 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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#17. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 3.18
- 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. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 27%
- Average group size: 1.23
- 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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#15. Eurasian Collared-Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 30%
- Average group size: 2.25
- 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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#14. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 33%
- Average group size: 1.39
- 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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#13. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 40%
- Average group size: 1.97
- 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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#12. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 43%
- Average group size: 1.26
- 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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#11. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 47%
- Average group size: 1.16
- 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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#10. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 47%
- Average group size: 3.28
- 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. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 50%
- Average group size: 5.34
- 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. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 53%
- Average group size: 3.88
- 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. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 57%
- Average group size: 1.49
- 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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#6. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 67%
- Average group size: 3.67
- 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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#5. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 83%
- Average group size: 1.57
- 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. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 87%
- Average group size: 2.62
- 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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#3. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 87%
- Average group size: 2.68
- 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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#2. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 87%
- Average group size: 9.18
- 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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#1. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 97%
- Average group size: 4.6
- 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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