Most commonly seen birds in Ohio

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Ohio

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Ohio 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 301 count sites in Ohio. 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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#45. Sharp-shinned Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- 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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#44. Field Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.91
- 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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#43. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 4.56
- 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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#42. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 7.21
- 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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#41. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- 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%

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#40. Red-headed Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.27
- 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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#39. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.06
- 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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#38. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.1
- 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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#37. Red-shouldered Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.14
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Florida: 11%
--- #2. Maryland: 9%
--- #2. Oklahoma: 9%
--- #4. North Carolina: 8%
--- #4. Virginia: 8%
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#36. Fox Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.26
- 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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#35. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.06
- 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. Eastern Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.33
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Tennessee: 37%
--- #2. North Carolina: 34%
--- #3. Georgia: 32%
--- #4. Alabama: 25%
--- #5. Mississippi: 18%
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#33. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.71
- 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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#32. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- 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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#31. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 1.77
- 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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#30. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 2.13
- 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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#29. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 2.68
- 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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#28. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 2.88
- 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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#27. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 1.02
- 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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#26. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 15%
- Average group size: 2.39
- 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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#25. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 1.9
- 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. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 2.59
- 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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#23. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- 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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#22. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 21%
- Average group size: 2.33
- 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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#21. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 22%
- Average group size: 1.2
- 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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#20. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 23%
- Average group size: 2.14
- 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 Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 25%
- Average group size: 2.38
- 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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#18. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 31%
- Average group size: 1.94
- 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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#17. Carolina Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 32%
- Average group size: 2.3
- 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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#16. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 35%
- Average group size: 1.38
- 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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#15. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 36%
- Average group size: 2.03
- 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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#14. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 39%
- Average group size: 1.22
- 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. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 45%
- Average group size: 1.19
- 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. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 67%
- Average group size: 4.08
- 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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#11. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 70%
- Average group size: 3.75
- 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. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 75%
- Average group size: 3.57
- 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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#9. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 77%
- 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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#8. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 79%
- Average group size: 2.14
- 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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#7. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 79%
- Average group size: 7.82
- 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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#6. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 81%
- Average group size: 1.19
- 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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#5. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 82%
- Average group size: 2.5
- 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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#4. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 83%
- Average group size: 3.94
- 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. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 86%
- Average group size: 3.53
- 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: 87%
- Average group size: 1.68
- 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. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 90%
- Average group size: 3.23
- 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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