Find out what Project FeederWatch is, its history, and more
Find out how you FeederWatch, when you can FeederWatch, and what you'll need to do to get started
Review these instructions carefully before you count and enter data
Find out about types of feeders and types of foods, and where to place your feeder
Feeding Birds FAQs
Explore the winter distribution, food, and feeder preferences of common feeder birds.
Find out about color and plumage variations, bald heads, and deformed bills
Unusual Birds Gallery
Find out about bird disease and identifying the signs of bird disease
Sick Birds Gallery
Find out how to identify birds and download identification tools
Learn how to help birds as they seek out food sources, nesting habitat, protection, and more
Find educational resources for teachers, group leaders, and families
Find an article archive packed with lots of great bird study information
Learn about house finch eye disease
Review content from current and past BirdSpotter photo contests
Keep up to date with the latest FeederWatch happenings
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Send us your photos! Show us your count site, your birds, or you watching your site with loved ones!
Visit our live FeederWatch feedercams!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology feeders
Ontario (winter only)
See what birds occur the most by region
Explore species by state/province
See where FeederWatchers are
Graphs of regional population trends and distributions
Explore papers that have used FeederWatch data
Lab scientists analyze the data submitted by FeederWatch participants.
See birds well outside their winter range submitted to Project FeederWatch.
Start here for data entry and personal data review and exploration
Keep live track of your counts using the FeederWatch mobile app
Lyndhurst, OH, USA
After logging birds for several hours for the FeederWatch project on a cold November day, I sat down in my office to get other work done. A few minutes later in my peripheral vision, a bird with a large wingspan flew past the window, causing quite a commotion at our backyard feeders. I assumed it was the local Coopers Hawk, but when I moved to a window with a closer vantage point, it was indeed a Pileated Woodpecker – a first-time visitor to our feeders. What a thrill! Its weight pulled the squirrel-proof cage all the way down on the feeder, which was filled with a no-mess blend of seeds from Wild Birds Unlimited, but this did not daunt it. It simply used its long tongue to fish out seeds from between the wire mesh.
Woodpeckers & Sapsuckers
Pileated Woodpecker, a first-time visitor to our suburban Cleveland, Ohio back yard. What a magnificent bird!
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