Gardens Alive has created maps of bird watching across the U.S. Using the North American Breeding to determine the most commonly sighted bird in every U.S. state.
The study was done using the latest data from the North American Breeding Bird Survey to find out which bird was seen most often in each state in 2019. Then, they determined which states are best for birding based on the number of birds seen per capita in 2019. Gardens Alive also looked at fluctuations in the total number of individual birds sighted over the past 10 years to form a historical perspective on birding. Read on to see what we found.
They found that the most popular bird based on sightings in North Carolina is the Mourning Dove. I see pairs of these all the time in my backyard. (I am obsessed with my bird feeder) Overall, the Red-winged Blackbird is the most popular bird species in the US.