The birds are back in town. Migratory birds in Ohio could visit your feeder in April


Spring has sprung, and migratory birds are returning to the area. That means one thing: It’s time to stock up on bird seed.

Backyard bird feeders attract a variety of feathered friends (as well as squirrels, but we won’t mention them). If you’ve ever wondered which birds frequent your feeder the most, the USA TODAY Network, of which this publication is a part, has an answer.

USA TODAY has analyzed and organized millions of backyard bird observations collected from Nov. 1 to April 30 since 2011 as part of Project FeederWatch, a citizen science program that is a joint effort of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada.

The information helps researchers track changes in bird populations, as well as identify potential threats such as disease outbreaks or habitat loss. The bird sightings were compiled to produce the count of the most-observed species by month and state.

A common house sparrow stops near a puddle on Marcy Street in Portsmouth for a sip of water.
[Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline]

What are the most sighted birds in Ohio for April?

Here are the most sighted birds for April in Ohio:

  1. House sparrow
  2. American goldfinch
  3. Northern cardinal
  4. Mourning dove
  5. House finch
  6. Common grackle
  7. Brown-headed cowbird
  8. Dark-eyed junco
  9. Red-winged blackbird
  10. European starling
A European Starling feeds in Ellison Park in Brighton. The birds, originally brought to the North America in the 19th century, are covered in white spots in winter and turn dark and glossy in summer.

What are the most sighted bird in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati and Columbus?

Project FeederWatch also breaks down the bird sighting data by county. Here are the results for counties containing the state’s largest cities.

Akron/Summit County

  • House sparrow
  • American goldfinch
  • Northern cardinal

Canton/Stark County

  1. Brown-headed cowbird
  2. House sparrow
  3. Northern cardinal

Cincinnati/Hamilton County

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. Mourning dove
  3. House sparrow

Columbus/Franklin County

  1. House sparrow
  2. House finch
  3. Northern cardinal

Dayton/Montgomery County

  1. American goldfinch
  2. House sparrow
  3. Mourning dove

Toledo/Lucas County

  1. House sparrow
  2. Red-winged blackbird
  3. Common grackle

Youngstown/Mahoning County

  1. House sparrow
  2. American goldfinch
  3. House finch
The American goldfinch is the most sighted bird for April in the Dayton area.