Most commonly seen birds in Vermont

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Vermont

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Vermont 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 95 count sites in Vermont. 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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#37. Red-tailed Hawk (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#37. Northern Flicker (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#37. Barred Owl

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Iowa: 3%
--- #1. New Hampshire: 3%
--- #3. Massachusetts: 2%
--- #4. Vermont: 1%
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#36. Common Raven

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.45
- 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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#35. Common Grackle

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.54
- 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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#34. Snow Bunting

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 2.0
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Vermont: 1%
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#33. Brown-headed Cowbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 2.38
- 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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#32. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 3.02
- 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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#31. 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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#30. Chipping Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.72
- 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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#29. Pine Siskin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 3.02
- 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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#28. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.0
- 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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#27. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 1.67
- 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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#26. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.16
- 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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#25. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 1.41
- 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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#24. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 5%
- Average group size: 5.97
- 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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#23. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.1
- 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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#22. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 1.78
- 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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#21. Eastern Bluebird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 2.15
- 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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#20. Evening Grosbeak

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 12%
- Average group size: 5.82
- 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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#19. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 14%
- Average group size: 8.11
- 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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#18. Carolina Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 15%
- Average group size: 1.14
- 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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#17. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 15%
- Average group size: 3.37
- 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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#16. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 19%
- Average group size: 4.37
- 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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#15. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 22%
- Average group size: 2.46
- 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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#14. American Tree Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 23%
- Average group size: 1.81
- 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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#13. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 28%
- Average group size: 2.73
- 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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#12. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 43%
- Average group size: 1.37
- 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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#11. Red-bellied Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 45%
- Average group size: 1.04
- 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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#10. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 3.69
- 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. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 60%
- Average group size: 3.36
- 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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#8. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 64%
- Average group size: 5.27
- 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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#7. Blue Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 66%
- Average group size: 2.89
- 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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#6. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 72%
- Average group size: 1.27
- 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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#5. Northern Cardinal

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 73%
- Average group size: 2.12
- 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. Tufted Titmouse

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 78%
- Average group size: 2.19
- 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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#3. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 83%
- Average group size: 1.33
- 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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#2. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 84%
- Average group size: 1.42
- 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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#1. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 98%
- Average group size: 4.59
- 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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