Status & Distribution - Permanent Residents

This listing contains every species that is classified as a "Permanent Resident" in Virginia Beach. Individual birds might not stay in Virginia Beach year-round, but the species as a whole can be found here during the full calendar year, in some cases only in small numbers during specific time frames. Osprey would be a prime example, since a few are known to winter near Pleasure House Point, but the bulk of Ospreys do not winter here; it is still classified as a permanent. These species have all been validated by either eBird, the Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM), or both. Geographic distributions for each species may be accessed by selecting the links beneath the "Spatial Distribution" heading. The final column, "Count Charts", provides Population & Seasonal distribution information in the forms of accepted counts during given time frames. Together, the geographic, population, and seasonality comprise the full distribution of each species. If you wish to open multiple maps or charts into your browser, select the links with the roll wheel on your mouse and each will open in a new browser tab. (Revised Sep 2017)

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Common Name Scientific Name Category Spatial Distribution Counts & Seasonality
 Canada Goose  Branta canadensis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Wood Duck  Aix sponsa Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos Permanent Resident Map Chart
 American Black Duck  Anas rubripes Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Black Scoter  Melanitta americana Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Northern Bobwhite  Colinus virginianus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Wild Turkey  Meleagris gallopavo Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Common Loon  Gavia immer Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Double-crested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Brown Pelican  Pelecanus occidentalis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Great Blue Heron  Ardea herodias Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Great Egret  Ardea alba Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Snowy Egret  Egretta thula Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax Permanent Resident Map Chart
 White Ibis  Eudocimus albus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Black Vulture  Coragyps atratus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Cooper's Hawk  Accipiter cooperii Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Bald Eagle  Haliaeetus leucocephalus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Red-shouldered Hawk  Buteo lineatus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Red-tailed Hawk  Buteo jamaicensis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 King Rail  Rallus elegans Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Clapper Rail  Rallus crepitans Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Virginia Rail  Rallus limicola Permanent Resident Map Chart
 American Oystercatcher  Haematopus palliatus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Killdeer  Charadrius vociferus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Sanderling  Calidris alba Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Greater Yellowlegs  Tringa melanoleuca Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Willet  Tringa semipalmata Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Laughing Gull  Leucophaeus atricilla Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Herring Gull  Larus argentatus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Great Black-backed Gull  Larus marinus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Forster's Tern  Sterna forsteri Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Black Skimmer  Rynchops niger Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Rock Pigeon  Columba livia Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Eurasian Collared-Dove  Streptopelia decaocto Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Eastern Screech-Owl  Megascops asio Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Great Horned Owl  Bubo virginianus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Barred Owl  Strix varia Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Belted Kingfisher  Megaceryle alcyon Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Red-headed Woodpecker  Melanerpes erythrocephalus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Red-bellied Woodpecker  Melanerpes carolinus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Downy Woodpecker  Picoides pubescens Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Hairy Woodpecker  Picoides villosus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Northern Flicker  Colaptes auratus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Pileated Woodpecker  Dryocopus pileatus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 American Kestrel  Falco sparverius Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Eastern Phoebe  Sayornis phoebe Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Blue Jay  Cyanocitta cristata Permanent Resident Map Chart
 American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Fish Crow  Corvus ossifragus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Horned Lark  Eremophila alpestris Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Tree Swallow  Tachycineta bicolor Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Carolina Chickadee  Poecile carolinensis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Tufted Titmouse  Baeolophus bicolor Permanent Resident Map Chart
 White-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Brown-headed Nuthatch  Sitta pusilla Permanent Resident Map Chart
 House Wren  Troglodytes aedon Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Marsh Wren  Cistothorus palustris Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Carolina Wren  Thryothorus ludovicianus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Eastern Bluebird  Sialia sialis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 American Robin  Turdus migratorius Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Gray Catbird  Dumetella carolinensis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Brown Thrasher  Toxostoma rufum Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Northern Mockingbird  Mimus polyglottos Permanent Resident Map Chart
 European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Cedar Waxwing  Bombycilla cedrorum Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Common Yellowthroat  Geothlypis trichas Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Pine Warbler  Setophaga pinus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Seaside Sparrow  Ammodramus maritimus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Chipping Sparrow  Spizella passerina Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Field Sparrow  Spizella pusilla Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Song Sparrow  Melospiza melodia Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Eastern Towhee  Pipilo erythrophthalmus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Northern Cardinal  Cardinalis cardinalis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Eastern Meadowlark  Sturnella magna Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Red-winged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Brown-headed Cowbird  Molothrus ater Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Common Grackle  Quiscalus quiscula Permanent Resident Map Chart
 Boat-tailed Grackle  Quiscalus major Permanent Resident Map Chart
 House Finch  Haemorhous mexicanus Permanent Resident Map Chart
 American Goldfinch  Spinus tristis Permanent Resident Map Chart
 House Sparrow  Passer domesticus Permanent Resident Map Chart

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.