Wait, Robins Aren’t the Most Common Bird in Minnesota?
I'll admit I've become somewhat of an amateur bird-watcher in the last few years. My fascination with our fine feathered friends started when we put up a bird feeder in our yard. It hangs outside one of the main windows in our living room in northwest Rochester, and all the birds who stop by is now an endless source of entertainment for our cats and our dog.
Thanks to some help from several Minnesota Department of Natural Resource bird watching guides, I've been able to identify chickadees, sparrows, creepers, mourning doves, juncos, cardinals, blue jays, grackles, thrushes, nuthatches, red-winged blackbird and robins when they've all stopped by our feeder.
And, in the woods in the back of our property, I'm pretty sure there's a red-tailed hawk nest because we've often noted several hawks high about our neighborhood in their search for prey. And just the other day, I noted a majestic bald eagle soaring high above the woods near our house as well.
But when it comes to the bird I thought was most common, I said it had to be the robin. I mean, we see them all over, right? Perhaps that's the Wisconsin native in my coming out, as the robin is the official state bird of my home state. The common loon is Minnesota's state bird, though it's really not all that common. But, as it turns out, I was wrong.
The most commonly sighted bird here in Minnesota isn't the robin. It's actually... the red-winged blackbird. (Which is also the most commonly sighted bird over in Wisconsin, too, as well as in 9 other states as well.) It's actually the most commonly sighted bird in the U.S., coming in first on this new GardensAlive survey of the Most Commonly Sighted Bird in Each State.
They took data from the most recent North American Breeding Bird Survey to compile their new survey. And while the red-wing blackbird was #1, the robin (which I was sure was the most common) came in second. You can check out the fill survey HERE.
Speaking of birds, though, while I see them all the time on our feeder, when the sun goes down, where do they go? If you have ever wondered the same thing, keep scrolling to check out some amazing facts about how-- and where-- animals sleep!