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Top animal species that observers are recording.

 

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Tom Grey

All Time Top Animal Species Observed

Rank Species Number of Observations
1 American robin (Turdus migratorius) 20480
2 black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 17514
3 blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 11574
4 house sparrow (Passer domesticus) 11275
5 northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 11005
6 bumblebee (Bombus spp.) 10768
7 ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 10140
8 American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) 10109
9 monarch (Danaus plexippus) 10073
10 mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) 9546
11 American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 9165
12 dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) 8586
13 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 8572
14 eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) 7854
15 fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) 7686
16 downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 6930
17 red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6869
18 great blue heron (Ardea herodias) 6751
19 red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 6468
20 Canada goose (Branta canadensis) 6275
21 Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6166
22 eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) 5661
23 eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) 4829
24 mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4548
25 European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 4205

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