Most commonly seen birds in Washington

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January 12, 2023
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Most commonly seen birds in Washington

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen near feeders in Washington 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 246 count sites in Washington. 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. Black-billed Magpie

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 1.9
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Montana: 59%
--- #2. Wyoming: 47%
--- #3. Idaho: 41%
--- #4. Colorado: 38%
--- #5. Alaska: 36%
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#49. Wild Turkey

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 1%
- Average group size: 4.59
- 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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#47. Hermit Thrush (tie)

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.05
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. North Carolina: 18%
--- #2. California: 17%
--- #3. Georgia: 15%
--- #4. Virginia: 13%
--- #5. Alabama: 8%
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#47. Brown Creeper

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- 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%
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#46. Red-breasted Sapsucker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.06
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oregon: 4%
--- #2. Washington: 2%

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#45. White-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.18
- 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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#44. Pacific Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 1.21
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oregon: 2%
--- #1. Washington: 2%
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#43. Band-tailed Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 2%
- Average group size: 5.94
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. California: 6%
--- #2. Washington: 2%
--- #3. Arizona: 1%
--- #3. Oregon: 1%
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#42. Red-tailed Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- 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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#41. Lesser Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 2.4
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 80%
--- #2. California: 59%
--- #3. Utah: 52%
--- #4. Arizona: 47%
--- #5. Oregon: 43%

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#40. Rock Pigeon

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 3%
- Average group size: 6.93
- 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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#39. White-throated Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.22
- 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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#38. Golden-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.46
- 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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#37. Mountain Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 4%
- Average group size: 1.72
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 44%
--- #2. Colorado: 30%
--- #3. Montana: 28%
--- #4. Nevada: 27%
--- #5. Wyoming: 24%
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#36. Sharp-shinned Hawk

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

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 6%
- Average group size: 2.54
- 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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#34. Cooper's Hawk

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- 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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#33. Townsend's Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 1.07
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oregon: 19%
--- #2. California: 16%
--- #3. Washington: 7%
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#32. Red-winged Blackbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 5.16
- 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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#31. California Quail

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 7%
- Average group size: 9.83
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Nevada: 33%
--- #2. Idaho: 20%
--- #3. California: 10%
--- #4. Oregon: 7%
--- #4. Washington: 7%

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#30. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 1.11
- 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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#29. Eurasian Collared-Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 8%
- Average group size: 2.69
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Wyoming: 65%
--- #1. South Dakota: 65%
--- #3. Utah: 63%
--- #4. Idaho: 55%
--- #5. Colorado: 48%
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#28. California Scrub-Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 10%
- Average group size: 1.69
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oregon: 53%
--- #2. California: 49%
--- #3. Nevada: 40%
--- #4. Washington: 10%
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#27. Yellow-rumped Warbler

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 11%
- Average group size: 1.35
- 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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#26. Pileated Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 13%
- Average group size: 1.15
- 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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#25. Purple Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 17%
- Average group size: 2.43
- 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. Hairy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- 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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#23. Mourning Dove

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 18%
- Average group size: 3.78
- 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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#22. White-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 20%
- 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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#21. House Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 20%
- Average group size: 4.0
- 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. Fox Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 24%
- Average group size: 1.55
- 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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#19. American Goldfinch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 27%
- Average group size: 4.31
- 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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#18. American Crow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 29%
- Average group size: 2.51
- 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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#17. Bushtit

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 30%
- Average group size: 9.81
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. New Mexico: 44%
--- #2. Oregon: 35%
--- #2. Colorado: 35%
--- #4. Washington: 30%
--- #5. Nevada: 27%
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#16. Bewick's Wren

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 33%
- Average group size: 1.05
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 33%
--- #2. California: 31%
--- #3. Texas: 20%
--- #3. New Mexico: 20%
--- #5. Oregon: 14%

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#15. Downy Woodpecker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 33%
- Average group size: 1.19
- 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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#14. European Starling

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 33%
- Average group size: 4.03
- 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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#13. Golden-crowned Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 34%
- Average group size: 3.04
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. California: 43%
--- #2. Oregon: 36%
--- #3. Washington: 34%
--- #4. Alaska: 11%
--- #5. Nevada: 7%
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#12. American Robin

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 39%
- Average group size: 2.44
- 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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#11. Red-breasted Nuthatch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 50%
- Average group size: 1.32
- 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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#10. Varied Thrush

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 50%
- Average group size: 1.89
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 50%
--- #2. Oregon: 36%
--- #3. Alaska: 14%
--- #4. Idaho: 2%
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#9. Chestnut-backed Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 51%
- Average group size: 1.88
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 51%
--- #2. California: 39%
--- #2. Oregon: 39%
--- #4. Alaska: 7%
--- #5. Montana: 3%
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#8. Steller's Jay

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 53%
- Average group size: 2.2
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 53%
--- #2. Oregon: 42%
--- #3. Nevada: 33%
--- #4. Colorado: 21%
--- #5. Alaska: 18%
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#7. Song Sparrow

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 57%
- Average group size: 1.35
- 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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#6. House Finch

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 59%
- Average group size: 4.0
- 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. Northern Flicker

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 65%
- Average group size: 1.62
- 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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#4. Spotted Towhee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 67%
- Average group size: 1.91
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Washington: 67%
--- #2. Oregon: 66%
--- #3. Nevada: 47%
--- #3. New Mexico: 47%
--- #5. Utah: 44%
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#3. Anna's Hummingbird

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 70%
- Average group size: 1.71
- States with the highest percent of sites visited
--- #1. Oregon: 70%
--- #1. Washington: 70%
--- #3. California: 65%
--- #4. Arizona: 48%
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#2. Black-capped Chickadee

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 82%
- Average group size: 2.27
- 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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#1. Dark-eyed Junco

- Sites visited Dec. 24 to Jan. 6: 95%
- Average group size: 6.88
- 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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