Status & Distribution

This listing contains every species that has an expected arrival date during springtime in Virginia Beach. Both summer residents (red highlight), and transients (yellow highlight, with lighter yellow referring to solely spring transients), can have spring arrival dates since the former will be arriving for the breeding season, and the latter will be arriving on their way further northward to breed. 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 below, and these maps are available for the current year, for each month of the last ten years, and even for all years. The final column, 'Frequency & 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 Oct 2017)

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Species

Scientific Name
Expected
Spring
Arrival
Date
Expected
Departure
Date
Spatial Distribution Frequency
&
Counts
Chart
Current
Year
Last 10 Years All
Years
All Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors 5 Mar 10 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus 15 Mar 15 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Purple Martin Progne subis 15 Mar 15 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus 15 Mar 31 Dec Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes 20 Mar 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica 20 Mar 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 20 Mar 30 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis 20 Mar 10 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea 20 Mar 25 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea 20 Mar 30 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 25 Mar 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea 25 Mar 20 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus 30 Mar 10 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus 30 Mar 5 Jun Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 30 Mar 10 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor 30 Mar 15 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 30 Mar 30 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 30 Mar 31 Dec Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia 5 Apr 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus 5 Apr 25 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla 5 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica 5 Apr 15 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla 5 Apr 15 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Green Heron Butorides virescens 5 Apr 20 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus 5 Apr 20 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Parula Setophaga americana 5 Apr 20 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 5 Apr 30 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor 5 Apr 30 Nov Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria 10 Apr 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina 10 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus 10 Apr 10 Jun Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius 10 Apr 10 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea 10 Apr 15 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus 10 Apr 25 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus 10 Apr 30 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris 10 Apr 30 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart

Species

Scientific Name
Expected
Spring
Arrival
Date
Expected
Departure
Date
Spatial Distribution Frequency
&
Counts
Chart
Current
Year
Last 10 Years All
Years
All Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 15 Apr 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia 15 Apr 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons 15 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla 15 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia 15 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius 15 Apr 5 Jun Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis 15 Apr 20 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus 15 Apr 15 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina 15 Apr 20 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla 15 Apr 30 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum 15 Apr 30 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera 20 Apr 10 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens 20 Apr 15 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Chuck-will's-widow Antrostomus carolinensis 20 Apr 10 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Least Tern Sternula antillarum 20 Apr 20 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis 20 Apr 10 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea 20 Apr 15 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea 20 Apr 25 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens 25 Apr 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 25 Apr 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Veery Catharus fuscescens 25 Apr 25 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus 25 Apr 25 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum 25 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis 25 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea 25 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 25 Apr 5 Jun Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens 25 Apr 15 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 25 Apr 20 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens 25 Apr 15 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica 30 Apr 15 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia 30 Apr 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus 30 Apr 25 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus 30 Apr 25 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca 30 Apr 25 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor 30 Apr 30 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata 30 Apr 5 Jun Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis 30 Apr 10 Jun Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens 30 Apr 15 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus 30 Apr 30 Oct Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla 5 May 20 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus 5 May 30 Jul Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Red Knot Calidris canutus 10 May 5 Jun Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis 10 May 10 Sep Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map 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.