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
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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
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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
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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
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Matawan, NJ, United States
Picture of dove in my yard during project feeder count day.
Eye seems to look like it’s bulging out of it s socket it’s facing the wall in the garage.I feel so bad for it don’t know what to do.
Did you find out what it is. I have chickens and saw a baby dove with same thing. I’m afraid it is contagious
Hi Laurie, Birds have to potential to attract a multitude of diseases, and while there are some that cross the species barrier (such as Salmonella), many do not. This might be a case of Avian Pox, though many diseases can cause tumors or growths. Anytime you see a sick bird, it’s best to clean your feeders, and you should continue doing so regularly in order to help prevent the spread of disease. And, of course, always practice good hygiene after touching the feeders. Check out our Sick Birds and Bird Diseases page to learn more, and to learn the best way to clean your feeders. If you are particularly concerned about an individual bird, call your local wildlife rehabilitator, or wildlife veterinarian for the best advice before acting.
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