Most commonly seen birds in North Carolina

Written by:
January 12, 2023
Canva

Most commonly seen birds in North Carolina

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in North Carolina 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 227 count sites in North Carolina. 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.

You may also like: Most popular boy names in the 70s in North Carolina

1 / 50
Canva

#50. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.55
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 73%
--- #2. California: 69%
--- #3. Arizona: 59%
--- #4. New Mexico: 31%
--- #5. Washington: 20%
2 / 50
Canva

#49. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 5.87
- 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%
3 / 50
Canva

#48. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 6.69
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Hampshire: 17%
--- #2. Vermont: 14%
--- #2. Maine: 14%
--- #4. Wyoming: 12%
--- #5. Montana: 10%
4 / 50
Canva

#47. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- 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%
5 / 50
Canva

#46. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.03
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 33%
--- #2. Arizona: 24%
--- #3. Kentucky: 21%
--- #4. New Jersey: 20%
--- #5. Illinois: 17%

You may also like: Most popular girl names in the 80s in North Carolina

6 / 50
Canva

#45. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.04
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 20%
--- #2. Mississippi: 9%
--- #3. Tennessee: 6%
--- #3. Connecticut: 6%
--- #3. Massachusetts: 6%
7 / 50
Canva

#44. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- 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%
8 / 50
Canva

#43. Golden-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.31
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Louisiana: 5%
--- #1. Alabama: 5%
--- #3. Washington: 4%
--- #3. North Carolina: 4%
--- #3. Arkansas: 4%
9 / 50
Canva

#42. Pine Siskin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.88
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 39%
--- #2. Colorado: 16%
--- #3. Arizona: 15%
--- #4. Maine: 14%
--- #5. Alabama: 10%
10 / 50
Canva

#41. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 3.7
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Florida: 29%
--- #2. New Jersey: 27%
--- #3. Delaware: 22%
--- #4. Arkansas: 21%
--- #5. Tennessee: 16%

You may also like: Biggest sources of immigrants to North Carolina

11 / 50
Canva

#40. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.05
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Minnesota: 36%
--- #2. Michigan: 19%
--- #2. Wisconsin: 19%
--- #4. Indiana: 18%
--- #5. West Virginia: 15%
12 / 50
Canva

#39. Baltimore Oriole

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 2.01
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. South Carolina: 15%
--- #2. Florida: 13%
--- #3. North Carolina: 7%
--- #4. Georgia: 5%
--- #5. Virginia: 1%
13 / 50
Canva

#38. Cedar Waxwing

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 4.81
- 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%
14 / 50
Canva

#37. Red-shouldered Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 1.1
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Florida: 11%
--- #2. Maryland: 9%
--- #2. Oklahoma: 9%
--- #4. North Carolina: 8%
--- #4. Virginia: 8%
15 / 50
Canva

#36. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 4.04
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 35%
--- #2. Mississippi: 27%
--- #3. Colorado: 23%
--- #4. Texas: 20%
--- #5. Utah: 19%

You may also like: The volatile busing strategy is born: A major civil rights moment in North Carolina

16 / 50
Canva

#35. Eastern Phoebe

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.06
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 41%
--- #2. South Carolina: 26%
--- #3. Louisiana: 23%
--- #4. Florida: 17%
--- #5. North Carolina: 11%
17 / 50
Canva

#34. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 12%
- Average group size: 3.47
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Iowa: 91%
--- #2. Illinois: 87%
--- #2. Nebraska: 87%
--- #4. Indiana: 80%
--- #5. Ohio: 79%
18 / 50
Canva

#33. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 1.12
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Vermont: 72%
--- #2. Maine: 69%
--- #3. New Hampshire: 63%
--- #4. Minnesota: 62%
--- #5. Connecticut: 61%
19 / 50
Canva

#32. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 3.23
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Alabama: 23%
--- #2. Ohio: 15%
--- #3. Tennessee: 14%
--- #3. Florida: 14%
--- #3. Delaware: 14%
20 / 50
Canva

#31. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 15%
- 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%

You may also like: Counties with the most college graduates in North Carolina

21 / 50
Canva

#30. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 15%
- Average group size: 2.21
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. West Virginia: 49%
--- #2. Missouri: 35%
--- #3. Pennsylvania: 29%
--- #4. Virginia: 25%
--- #5. Ohio: 23%
22 / 50
Canva

#29. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 15%
- Average group size: 3.54
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Indiana: 74%
--- #2. Kentucky: 69%
--- #3. Ohio: 67%
--- #4. Delaware: 64%
--- #5. Missouri: 56%
23 / 50
Canva

#28. Hermit Thrush

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- Average group size: 1.01
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. North Carolina: 18%
--- #2. California: 17%
--- #3. Georgia: 15%
--- #4. Virginia: 13%
--- #5. Alabama: 8%
24 / 50
Canva

#27. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- Average group size: 1.09
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. North Carolina: 18%
--- #1. Oklahoma: 18%
--- #3. Georgia: 15%
--- #4. Virginia: 14%
--- #5. Tennessee: 13%
25 / 50
Canva

#26. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 22%
- Average group size: 2.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Mississippi: 27%
--- #2. Arkansas: 25%
--- #2. Georgia: 25%
--- #4. Missouri: 23%
--- #5. North Carolina: 22%

You may also like: Highest-rated things to do in North Carolina, according to Tripadvisor

26 / 50
Canva

#25. Brown Thrasher

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 26%
- Average group size: 1.03
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Mississippi: 45%
--- #2. Georgia: 38%
--- #3. South Carolina: 31%
--- #4. Alabama: 30%
--- #5. North Carolina: 26%
27 / 50
Canva

#24. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 29%
- Average group size: 2.87
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 44%
--- #2. Maine: 42%
--- #2. Arkansas: 42%
--- #4. Minnesota: 38%
--- #5. Virginia: 32%
28 / 50
Canva

#23. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 32%
- Average group size: 1.07
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 47%
--- #2. South Carolina: 37%
--- #3. Mississippi: 36%
--- #4. Alabama: 33%
--- #5. North Carolina: 32%
29 / 50
Canva

#22. Eastern Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 34%
- Average group size: 1.38
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Tennessee: 37%
--- #2. North Carolina: 34%
--- #3. Georgia: 32%
--- #4. Alabama: 25%
--- #5. Mississippi: 18%
30 / 50
Canva

#21. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 34%
- Average group size: 2.5
- 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%

You may also like: Most popular baby names for boys of the last decade in North Carolina

31 / 50
Canva

#20. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 35%
- Average group size: 1.33
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 57%
--- #2. Kentucky: 54%
--- #3. Oregon: 49%
--- #4. West Virginia: 38%
--- #4. Pennsylvania: 38%
32 / 50
Canva

#19. Brown-headed Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 39%
- Average group size: 1.38
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 55%
--- #2. North Carolina: 39%
--- #3. South Carolina: 25%
--- #4. Alabama: 13%
--- #5. Mississippi: 9%
33 / 50
Canva

#18. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 41%
- Average group size: 2.5
- 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%
34 / 50
Canva

#17. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 43%
- Average group size: 1.16
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Mississippi: 64%
--- #2. South Carolina: 57%
--- #3. Alabama: 53%
--- #4. Georgia: 49%
--- #5. Tennessee: 46%
35 / 50
Canva

#16. Pine Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 45%
- Average group size: 1.34
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Georgia: 62%
--- #2. South Carolina: 54%
--- #3. North Carolina: 45%
--- #4. Alabama: 35%
--- #5. Florida: 33%

You may also like: Most popular girl names in the 70s in North Carolina

36 / 50
Canva

#15. Yellow-rumped Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 46%
- Average group size: 1.39
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 60%
--- #2. Georgia: 58%
--- #3. South Carolina: 55%
--- #4. North Carolina: 46%
--- #5. Florida: 45%
37 / 50
Canva

#14. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 55%
- Average group size: 1.88
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nebraska: 87%
--- #2. Indiana: 83%
--- #3. Ohio: 82%
--- #4. Iowa: 81%
--- #5. New Jersey: 80%
38 / 50
Canva

#13. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 55%
- Average group size: 1.9
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oklahoma: 79%
--- #2. Missouri: 76%
--- #3. Wisconsin: 75%
--- #3. Arkansas: 75%
--- #5. Maine: 74%
39 / 50
Canva

#12. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 1.26
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Maine: 87%
--- #2. West Virginia: 85%
--- #3. Connecticut: 84%
--- #3. Vermont: 84%
--- #5. Massachusetts: 83%
40 / 50
Canva

#11. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 62%
- Average group size: 2.71
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arkansas: 79%
--- #2. Maryland: 74%
--- #3. New Jersey: 70%
--- #4. Virginia: 68%
--- #5. Delaware: 67%

You may also like: Least educated counties in North Carolina

41 / 50
Canva

#10. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 63%
- Average group size: 2.42
- 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%
42 / 50
Canva

#9. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 63%
- Average group size: 3.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nebraska: 97%
--- #2. Washington: 95%
--- #2. Oregon: 95%
--- #4. Missouri: 92%
--- #4. Delaware: 92%
43 / 50
Canva

#8. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 71%
- Average group size: 1.12
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. West Virginia: 87%
--- #2. Ohio: 81%
--- #3. Connecticut: 80%
--- #4. Kentucky: 79%
--- #5. Indiana: 78%
44 / 50
Canva

#7. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 73%
- Average group size: 3.1
- 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%
45 / 50
Canva

#6. Carolina Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 1.99
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arkansas: 96%
--- #2. Alabama: 93%
--- #3. South Carolina: 92%
--- #4. Oklahoma: 85%
--- #4. Georgia: 85%

You may also like: Zip codes with the most expensive homes in North Carolina

46 / 50
Canva

#5. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 80%
- Average group size: 1.35
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arkansas: 92%
--- #2. Connecticut: 91%
--- #2. Minnesota: 91%
--- #4. Massachusetts: 90%
--- #5. Iowa: 88%
47 / 50
Canva

#4. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 82%
- Average group size: 3.18
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Arizona: 91%
--- #2. Kentucky: 87%
--- #3. Colorado: 86%
--- #3. New Mexico: 86%
--- #3. Indiana: 86%
48 / 50
Canva

#3. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 84%
- Average group size: 1.38
- 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%
49 / 50
Canva

#2. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 89%
- Average group size: 2.56
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Kentucky: 100%
--- #2. Arkansas: 96%
--- #2. Missouri: 96%
--- #4. Maryland: 94%
--- #5. Tennessee: 93%
50 / 50
Canva

#1. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 90%
- Average group size: 2.12
- 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%

You may also like: 17% of people live near toxic release facilities—here's how it breaks down in North Carolina

Trending Now