Most commonly seen birds in Pennsylvania

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Pennsylvania

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Pennsylvania 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 484 count sites in Pennsylvania. 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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#47. Red-shouldered Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.05
- 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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#46. Eastern Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.09
- 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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#45. Turkey Vulture

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 2.78
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Jersey: 4%
--- #2. Texas: 3%
--- #3. Tennessee: 2%
--- #3. North Carolina: 2%
--- #5. Maryland: 1%
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#44. Evening Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 3.26
- 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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#43. Red-headed Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.14
- 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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#42. Fox Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.35
- 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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#41. Field Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 2.19
- 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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#40. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 6.49
- 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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#39. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.65
- 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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#38. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 5.72
- 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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#37. 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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#36. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.55
- 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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#35. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.09
- 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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#34. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 2.22
- 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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#33. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.09
- 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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#32. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 2.08
- 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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#31. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.21
- 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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#30. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 2.34
- 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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#29. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 2.69
- 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. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 2.01
- 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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#27. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 1.05
- 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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#26. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.04
- 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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#25. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.09
- 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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#24. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 1.14
- 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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#23. Cooper's Hawk

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

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#22. Carolina Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 1.77
- 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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#21. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 2.44
- 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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#20. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 2.95
- 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. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 21%
- Average group size: 2.53
- 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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#18. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 29%
- Average group size: 2.0
- 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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#17. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 38%
- Average group size: 1.31
- 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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#16. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 42%
- Average group size: 2.48
- 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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#15. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 45%
- Average group size: 1.21
- 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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#14. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 50%
- Average group size: 1.21
- 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. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 51%
- Average group size: 2.46
- 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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#12. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 54%
- Average group size: 4.71
- 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. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 56%
- Average group size: 5.53
- 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. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 60%
- Average group size: 3.15
- 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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#9. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 70%
- Average group size: 2.32
- 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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#8. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 75%
- Average group size: 1.14
- 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. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 76%
- Average group size: 4.11
- 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. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 76%
- Average group size: 4.31
- 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. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 77%
- Average group size: 2.24
- 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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#4. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 81%
- Average group size: 1.51
- 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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#3. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 81%
- Average group size: 1.52
- 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. 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%
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#1. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 89%
- Average group size: 3.9
- 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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