Most commonly seen birds in New York

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in New York

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in New York 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 697 count sites in New York. 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. Common Raven

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- 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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#40. Pine Siskin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 2.14
- 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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#39. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.45
- 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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#38. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.68
- 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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#37. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.02
- 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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#36. Sharp-shinned Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- 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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#34. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.03
- 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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#34. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.03
- 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. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.08
- 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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#32. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 2.27
- 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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#31. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 2.62
- 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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#30. Evening Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 6.67
- 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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#29. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 2.57
- 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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#28. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 7.22
- 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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#27. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.96
- 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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#26. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 2.55
- 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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#25. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 4.78
- 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. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.15
- 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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#23. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 2.65
- 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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#22. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.01
- 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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#21. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.44
- 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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#20. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 12%
- Average group size: 1.17
- 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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#19. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 20%
- Average group size: 1.96
- 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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#18. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 23%
- Average group size: 2.53
- 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. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 24%
- Average group size: 1.16
- 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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#16. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 29%
- Average group size: 2.28
- 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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#15. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 31%
- Average group size: 4.03
- 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. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 32%
- Average group size: 1.25
- 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. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 53%
- Average group size: 1.22
- 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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#12. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 53%
- Average group size: 6.88
- 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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#11. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 58%
- Average group size: 3.42
- 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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#10. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 3.51
- 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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#9. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 72%
- Average group size: 1.11
- 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. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 75%
- Average group size: 2.6
- 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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#7. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 4.57
- 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. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 79%
- Average group size: 2.25
- 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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#5. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 81%
- Average group size: 2.32
- 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. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 81%
- Average group size: 3.47
- 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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#3. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 82%
- 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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#2. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 87%
- Average group size: 1.55
- 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: 93%
- Average group size: 2.85
- 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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