Status & Distribution - Noteworthy Observations

2019 - 2018 - 2017

The intent of this listing is to provide up-to-date information on all the 'noteworthy' species that are being observed within Virginia Beach. For a table displaying the criteria for inclusion on this page, please see the Noteworthy Observations Criteria Page! Clicking on any text hyperlinks will take you directly to eBird reports where more information is likely to have been logged by the user (such as a more refined location or description of how to observe the rarity). If you'd like to open these links in a new tab, just click your mouse's roll-wheel over the links (continue clicking on separate links and each will load in its own browser tab for viewing). To search this page for a particular species, type CTRL+F, then start typing the species name it your browser should jump to the information you're seeking. Often times, information is passed to me via Facebook, text message, or phone calls and I try to keep this updated whenever I'm available to input the data. Please check back frequently to stay up to date!

Active Within Last Month - Updated 21 Jan 2019 @ 9:35 AM EST

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos): 15, Rudee Inlet, 20 Jan 2019 (vis. Tracy Tate). [Perhaps refers to the same flock observed northbound from Back Bay earlier in the day.].

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos): 15, Back Bay NWR, 20 Jan 2019 (vis. Clark Olsen, ph. Karen & Keith Roberts).

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica): 1, Bellamy Manor (Private Residence), 20 Jan 2019 (ph. Una Davenhill). [This could be the same individual being observed in Bellamy Woods this winter.].

Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus): 1, Oceantfront Nearshore Waters, 19 Jan 2019 (ph. Jason Sosebee).

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica): 1, Bellamy Woods (Private Residence), 28 Dec 2018-19 Jan 2019 (ph. Reuben Rohn). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 10 Jan: ph. Reuben Rohn; 19 Jan: ph. Reuben Rohn.].

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia): 1, Stumpy Lake NA, 15-17 Jan 2019 (ph. Steve Myers). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 16 Jan: ph. Karen Beatty; 17 Jan: vis. Tom Beatty.].

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides): 1 adult, Rudee Inlet, 17 Jan 2019 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty).

Iceland Gull (Kumlien’s) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni): 1 immature, Rudee Inlet, 7-17 Jan 2019 (ph. Andrew Baldelli). [This is likely to be the same individual that has also been observed recently at 88th Street, Fort Story JEB and/or Back Bay NWR; denoting separately simply because this is a different location. Additional reports at this location as follows, 17 Jan: vis. Andrew Baldelli, ph. Rob Bielawski.].

Dovekie (Alle alle): 1, Little Island Park, 16 Jan 2019 (vis. Andrew Baldelli).

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus): 3 adult males, Morris Neck Rd., 14 Jan 2019 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty).

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys): 1 immature, Stuart Rd., 14 Jan 2019 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty).

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii): 1, Princess Anne Rd., 13 Jan 2019 (ph. Rob Bielawski). [It is very likely that this is the same individual that has been observed recently at Firefall Drive, Haviland Drive, and among the goose flock on Sherwood Lakes; denoting separately simply because this is a different location.].

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus): 1 adult, Pleasure House Point NA, 13 Jan 2019 (vis. Andrew Baldelli).

Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus): 1-13, Breeze Farms (Private Residence), 1-13 Jan 2019 (7, vis. Andrew Baldelli). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 2 Jan: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty (4), ph. Steve Myers (1); 4 Jan: vis. Kathy Louthan (2); 5 Jan: ph. Logan Anderson & Garrett Rhyne (13); 6 Jan: vis. Baxter & Tucker Beamer / Conor Farrell / Eli & Ira Lianez / Max Nootbaar / Martina Nordstrand / Ezra & Theo Staengl (6), ph. Carson Lambert / Andrew Rapp / Robert Wood, vis. Eric Alton & Tamara Conklin; 13 Jan: vis. Andrew Baldelli & Rob Bielawski (12).].

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana): 1 female/immature, Windsor Woods (Private Residence), 13 Dec 2018-13 Jan 2019 (ph. Lisa Rose). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 30 Dec: ph. Lisa Rose, ph. Robert Wood, vis. Linda Chittum; 3 Jan: vis. Lisa Rose; 7 Jan: ph. Lisa Rose; 11 Jan: vis. Lisa Rose; 12 Jan: vis. Brandon Holland & Lisa Rose; 13 Jan: ph. Andrew Baldelli, Rob Bielawski & Lisa Rose.].

Brant (Branta bernicla): 16-21, Oceana Blvd., 11-12 Jan 2019 (16, ph. Stephen Keith). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 11 Jan: ph. Rob Bielawski (17); 12 Jan: vis. James Marcum (21), vis. Tommy Maloney (21).].

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus): 1 female/immature male, Lynnhaven Inlet, 31 Dec 2018-12 Jan 2019 (vis. Andrew Baldelli, Linda Chittum & Lisa Rose). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 31 Dec: ph. Adam D’Onofrio & Loretta Silvia, vis. Adam D’Onofrio & Loretta Silvia; 12 Jan: ph. Andrew Baldelli & Rob Bielawski (viewed initially from Pleasure House Point NA, photographs taken from east side of Lynnhaven Inlet).].

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea): 1, Back Bay NWR, 11 Jan 2019 (vis. Daniel Patrick).

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia): 1, Great Neck Estates (Private Residence), 11 Jan 2019 (vis. J.A.).

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis): 3-16, 82nd Street Beach, 12 Dec 2018-7 Jan 2019 (3, ph. Stephen Keith). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 12 Dec: vis. Tracy Tate (4), ph. Steve Myers (4), ph. Rob Bielawski (4); vis. Kathy Louthan (8); 17 Dec: ph. June McDaniels (8); 23 Dec: ph. Jason Sosebee (13); 24 Dec: ph. Andrew Baldelli (12), vis. Mary Ames (12); 26 Dec: ph. Susan Remmie (16); 31 Dec: vis. Will Britton & Jojo Morelli (12); 7 Jan: vis. Lynn DiFerdinando (12).].

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris): 1-3 female/immatures & 1 adult male, Hilltop (Private Residence), 2 Dec 2018-7 Jan 2019 (1 adult male, ph. Andrew Baldelli, Lisa Rose & Jason Strickland). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 7 Jan: vis. Andrew Baldelli (1 female/immature), ph. Pamela Monahan (3 female/immatures & 1 adult male).].

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors): 3 (2 drakes, 1 hen), Princess Anne WMA Beasley Tract, 6 Jan 2019 (ph. Rob Bielawski).

Iceland Gull (Kumlien’s) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni): 1 immature, 88th Street Beach, 6 Jan 2019 (ph. Nathaniel Abrahams / Logan Anderson / Carson Lambert / Andrew Rapp / Garrett Rhyne / Sam Simon / Robert Wood). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 6 Jan: vis. Marie & Ron Furnish.].

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris): 1, Laurel Manor (Private Residence), 6 Jan 2019 (vis. Tommy Maloney).

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia): 1, Pleasure House Point NA, 6 Jan 2019 (ph. Nathaniel Abrahams / Logan Anderson / Carson Lambert / Andrew Rapp / Garrett Rhyne / Sam Simon / Robert Wood).

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus): 1-4, Crags Causeway, 30 Dec 2018-6 Jan 2019 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty, ph. Linda Chittum, vis. Jason Strickland, ph. Rob Bielawski & Robert Wood). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 31 Dec: vis. Tommy Maloney (4), ph. Steve Myers (4); 6 Jan: aud. Logan Anderson & Garrett Rhyne (1).].

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris): 1-3, Camp Pendleton SMR (Restricted Access), 6 Dec 2018-6 Jan 2019 (ph. Karen & Tom Beatty). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 2 Jan: ph. Karen & Tom Beatty (3); 6 Jan: ph. Steve Myers (1).].

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus): 1-2, South Shore Estates (Private Residence), 28 Nov 2018-6 Jan 2019 (1, vis. James Marcum). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 6 Jan: vis. James Marcum (2).].

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis): 1, Little Island Park, 29 Dec 2018-5 Jan 2019 (ph. Andrew Baldelli & Linda Chittum). [This is likely the same individual that was reported previously at Back Bay NWR. Additional reports at this location as follows, 5 Jan: vis. Clark Olsen.].

Iceland Gull (Kumlien’s) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni): 1 immature, Back Bay NWR, 5 Jan 2019 (ph. Logan Anderson & Garrett Rhyne).

Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus): 1-2, Little Island Park, 29 Dec 2018-5 Jan 2019 (2, ph. Andrew Baldelli & Linda Chittum). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 5 Jan: vis. Logan Anderson & Garrett Rhyne (1).].

Iceland Gull (Kumlien’s) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni): 1 adult, 39th St. Beach, 27 Dec 2018-4 Jan 2019 (ph. Linda Chittum & Ada Jones). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 4 Jan: ph. Andrew Baldelli & Kathy Louthan, ph. Rob Bielawski.].

Common Murre (Uria aalge): 1, Two miles off Cape Henry, 3 Jan 2019 (ph. Alexis Rabon [Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Whales & Wildlife Sea Adventure boat trip]).

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii): 1, Haviland Dr., 1 Jan 2019 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty).

Brant (Branta bernicla): 3-66, Firefall Dr., 15 Dec 2018-1 Jan 2019 (33, ph. Rob Bielawski). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 15 Dec: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty (20), vis. Tommy Maloney (8); 16 Dec: ph. Karen & Tom Beatty (32); 22 Dec: ph. Karen & Tom Beatty (37); 27 Dec: ph. Susan Remmie (4); 30 Dec: ph. Reuben Rohn (6), vis. Rob Bielawski (3); 1 Jan: ph. Karen & Tom Beatty (45), vis. Andrew Baldelli (41), vis. Josh Lefever & Mark Mizak (66).].

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis): 1-12, Back Bay NWR, 25 Nov 2018-1 Jan 2019 (2, ph. Stephen Keith & ph. Alain Robert). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 25 Nov: ph. Karen & Tom Beatty (1); 2 Dec: vis. Phil Kenny & Russell Taylor (12); 1 Jan: ph. Robert Wood (2).].

Last Active in 2018

Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor): 1, Back Bay NWR, 31 Dec 2018 (vis. David Clark).

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia): 1, Crags Causeway, 31 Dec 2018 (ph. Tommy Maloney & Steve Myers).

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia): 1, Trant Field (Kings Grant), 31 Dec 2018 (vis. Nicholas Flanders).

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens): 1, Crags Causeway, 29-30 Dec 2018 (ph. Karen & Keith Roberts). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 30 Dec: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty, ph. Linda Chittum, vis. Jason Strickland, ph. Rob Bielawski & Robert Wood.].

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis): 1, Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract, 16-30 Dec 2018 (ph. Rob Bielawski). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 30 Dec: ph. Andrew Baldelli, Rob Bielawski, Linda Chittum, Jason Strickland & Robert Wood.].

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus): 1, Little Island Park, 29 Dec 2018 (ph. Andrew Baldelli & Linda Chittum).

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata): 1, Outdoor Resorts RV Park, 29 Dec 2018 (vis. Andrew Baldelli & Linda Chittum).

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys): 1 adult, Heritage Park, 29 Dec 2018 (ph. Loretta Silvia).

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis): 1, Back Bay NWR, 29 Dec 2018 (vis. Edward Brinkley).

Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus): 1, Back Bay NWR, 29 Dec 2018 (ph. Edward Brinkley).

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus): 2 females, Back Bay NWR, 29 Dec 2018 (vis. Edward Brinkley).

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis): 1, False Cape SP, 29 Dec 2018 (vis. Adam D’Onofrio & Paul Glass).

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus): 1 male, Malbon Rd., 29 Dec 2018 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty and Mike Collins).

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla): 1 immature, Little Island Park, 29 Dec 2018 (vis. Andrew Baldelli).

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis): 1, Horn Point Rd., 27-29 Dec (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 29 Dec: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty.].

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus): 1-2 males, Hunt Club Forest (Private Residence), 6-28 Dec 2018 (1 male, ph. Karen & Tom Beatty). [Additional reports at this location as follows: 9 Dec: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty (1 male); 10 Dec: ph. Karen & Tom Beatty (2 males); 11 Dec: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty (1 male); 28 Dec: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty (1 male).]. 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea): 1, Back Bay NWR, 23 Dec 2018 (ph. June McDaniels).

LeConte’s Sparrow (Ammospiza leconteii): 1, Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract, 23 Dec 2018 (vis. Andrew Baldelli).

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus): 1, Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract, 23 Dec 2018 (vis. Andrew Baldelli).

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus): 1 female, Thoroughgood (Private Residence), 22 Dec 2018 (vis. Tracy Tate).

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii): 1, HRSD Fields / Firefall Dr., 16-22 Dec 2018 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty). [Additional reports at this location as follows, 22 Dec: vis. Karen & Tom Beatty.].

 

References

Rottenborn, Stephen C. and Edward S. Brinkley (editors). 2007. Virginia’s Birdlife: An Annotated Checklist. Virginia Society of Ornithology. Virginia            Avifauna No. 7.

Sullivan, B.L., C.L. Wood, M.J. Iliff, R.E. Bonney, D. Fink, and S. Kelling. 2009. eBird: a citizen-based bird observation network in the biological sciences. Biological Conservation 142: 2282-2292.