Status & Distribution - Transients

This listing contains every species that is classified as a "Transient" in Virginia Beach. Transients are birds that do not winter, nor summer in Virginia Beach. These species typically pass through during spring & fall (darker highlight) or in either spring or fall (lighter highlight). Though, some species are much more likely during one of these seasons, such as many shorebird species that migrate northward through the Great Plains in spring, but return southward during fall along the coast. Many warblers fall under this category as well, since they tend to winter in the tropics, but summer in the boreal forests of the northern United States and Canada, passing through our region along the way. 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
 Blue-winged Teal  Spatula discors Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Broad-winged Hawk  Buteo platypterus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Semipalmated Plover  Charadrius semipalmatus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Piping Plover  Charadrius melodus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Red Knot  Calidris canutus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Stilt Sandpiper  Calidris himantopus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Least Sandpiper  Calidris minutilla Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 White-rumped Sandpiper  Calidris fuscicollis Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Pectoral Sandpiper  Calidris melanotos Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Short-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus griseus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularius Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Lesser Yellowlegs  Tringa flavipes Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Gull-billed Tern  Gelochelidon nilotica Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Black Tern  Chlidonias niger Fall Transient Map Chart
 Common Nighthawk  Chordeiles minor Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Yellow-throated Vireo  Vireo flavifrons Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Bank Swallow  Riparia riparia Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Veery  Catharus fuscescens Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Gray-cheeked Thrush  Catharus minimus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Swainson's Thrush  Catharus ustulatus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Worm-eating Warbler  Helmitheros vermivorum Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Northern Waterthrush  Parkesia noveboracensis Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Blue-winged Warbler  Vermivora cyanoptera Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Black-and-white Warbler  Mniotilta varia Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Nashville Warbler  Oreothlypis ruficapilla Fall Transient Map Chart
 Hooded Warbler  Setophaga citrina Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 American Redstart  Setophaga ruticilla Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Cape May Warbler  Setophaga tigrina Fall Transient Map Chart
 Magnolia Warbler  Setophaga magnolia Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Bay-breasted Warbler  Setophaga castanea Fall Transient Map Chart
 Blackburnian Warbler  Setophaga fusca Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Yellow Warbler  Setophaga petechia Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Chestnut-sided Warbler  Setophaga pensylvanica Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Blackpoll Warbler  Setophaga striata Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Black-throated Blue Warbler  Setophaga caerulescens Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Yellow-throated Warbler  Setophaga dominica Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Black-throated Green Warbler  Setophaga virens Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Wilson's Warbler  Cardellina pusilla Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Scarlet Tanager  Piranga olivacea Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  Pheucticus ludovicianus Spring & Fall Transient Map Chart
 Bobolink  Dolichonyx oryzivorus Spring & Fall Transient 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.