Most commonly seen birds in Tennessee

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Tennessee

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Tennessee 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 111 count sites in Tennessee. 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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#50. Golden-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.38
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Louisiana: 5%
--- #1. Alabama: 5%
--- #3. Washington: 4%
--- #3. North Carolina: 4%
--- #3. Arkansas: 4%
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#49. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.85
- 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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#48. Brown-headed Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 2.0
- 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%
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#47. Orange-crowned Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Texas: 28%
--- #2. Mississippi: 18%
--- #3. Nevada: 13%
--- #4. Louisiana: 9%
--- #5. California: 8%
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#46. Red-shouldered Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.03
- 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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#45. Fox Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.33
- 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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#44. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 4.86
- 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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#43. Red-headed Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- 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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#42. Pine Siskin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.37
- 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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#41. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.13
- 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-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.51
- 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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#39. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 2.04
- 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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#38. Pine Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.08
- 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%
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#37. Field Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.71
- 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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#36. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 2.43
- 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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#35. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 1.04
- 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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#34. Yellow-rumped Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 9%
- Average group size: 1.46
- 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%
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#33. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.04
- 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%
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#32. Eastern Phoebe

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.1
- 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%
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#31. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 2.35
- 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. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.22
- 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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#29. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 1.1
- 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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#28. Brown Thrasher

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 1.05
- 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%
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#27. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 3.95
- 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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#26. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 15%
- 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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#25. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 2.15
- 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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#24. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 16%
- Average group size: 4.41
- 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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#23. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- 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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#22. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- Average group size: 2.1
- 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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#21. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 27%
- Average group size: 3.23
- 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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#20. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 30%
- Average group size: 2.7
- 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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#19. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 32%
- Average group size: 3.87
- 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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#18. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 37%
- Average group size: 1.26
- 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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#17. Eastern Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 37%
- Average group size: 1.32
- 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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#16. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 38%
- Average group size: 2.29
- 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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#15. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 41%
- Average group size: 2.7
- 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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#14. Northern Mockingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 46%
- Average group size: 1.19
- 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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#13. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 50%
- Average group size: 2.29
- 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. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 1.36
- 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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#11. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 2.83
- 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. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 2.86
- 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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#9. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 69%
- Average group size: 1.15
- 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. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 73%
- Average group size: 1.43
- 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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#7. Carolina Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 73%
- Average group size: 2.29
- 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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#6. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 74%
- Average group size: 1.32
- 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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#5. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 74%
- Average group size: 4.27
- 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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#4. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 77%
- Average group size: 2.11
- 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. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 82%
- Average group size: 4.08
- 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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#2. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 88%
- Average group size: 2.68
- 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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#1. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 93%
- Average group size: 3.33
- 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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