Status & Distribution - Spring Departures

This listing contains every species that has an expected departure date during springtime in Virginia Beach. Both winter residents (blue highlight), and transients (yellow highlight), can have spring departure dates since either type will be departing the area 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, '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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Species

Scientific Name
Expected
Spring
Departure
Date
Expected
Arrival
Date
Spatial Distribution Frequency
&
Counts
Chart
Current
Year
Last 10 Years All
Years
All Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens 20 Mar - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Razorbill Alca torda 25 Mar - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Common Eider Somateria mollissima 30 Mar - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 30 Mar - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca 30 Mar - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus 10 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Canvasback Aythya valisineria 10 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus 10 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena 10 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata 10 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Pintail Anas acuta 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Redhead Aythya americana 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Brown Creeper Certhia americana 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis 15 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Greater Scaup Aythya marila 20 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis 20 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
American Woodcock Scolopax minor 20 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis 20 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Brant Branta bernicla 25 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca 25 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius 25 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
American Pipit Anthus rubescens 25 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 30 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca 30 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola 30 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus 30 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 30 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis 30 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus 30 Apr - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Gadwall Mareca strepera 5 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Merlin Falco columbarius 5 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula 5 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus 5 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum 5 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Nelson's Sparrow Ammodramus nelsoni 5 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus 5 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera 10 May 20 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus 10 May 30 Mar Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors/td> 10 May 5 Mar Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
American Wigeon Mareca americana 10 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus 10 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata 10 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia 10 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius 10 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis 10 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis 10 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis 10 May - 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
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica 15 May 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens 15 May 20 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus 15 May 15 Mar Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 15 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata 15 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla 20 May 5 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia 20 May 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens 20 May 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 20 May 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 20 May 15 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia 20 May 15 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria 20 May 10 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia 20 May 5 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata 20 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus 20 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius 20 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Sora Porzana carolina 20 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana 20 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 20 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus 25 May 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus 25 May 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca 25 May 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Veery Catharus fuscescens 25 May 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus 25 May 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus 25 May 5 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata 25 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 25 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus 25 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus 25 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima 25 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor 30 May 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum 30 May 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis 30 May 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea 30 May 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons 30 May 15 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla 30 May 15 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia 30 May 15 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina 30 May 10 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla 30 May 5 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 30 May 25 Mar Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes 30 May 20 Mar Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica 30 May 20 Mar Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps 30 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
American Coot Fulica americana 30 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Dunlin Calidris alpina 30 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri 30 May - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Red Knot Calidris canutus 5 Jun 10 May Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata 5 Jun 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 5 Jun 25 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius 5 Jun 15 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus 5 Jun 30 Mar Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola 5 Jun - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 5 Jun - Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis 10 Jun 30 Apr Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Map Chart
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus 10 Jun 10 Apr 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.