Status & Distribution - Winter Residents

This listing contains every species that is classified as a "Winter Resident" in Virginia Beach. Winter residents are birds that have arrival dates in the fall months and departure dates in the spring months. Some species may be much more numerous during the transitional periods, but these species are all known to stay throughout the entire winter season. 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
 Snow Goose  Anser caerulescens Winter Resident Map Chart
 Brant  Branta bernicla Winter Resident Map Chart
 Tundra Swan  Cygnus columbianus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Northern Shoveler  Spatula clypeata Winter Resident Map Chart
 Gadwall  Mareca strepera Winter Resident Map Chart
 American Wigeon  Mareca americana Winter Resident Map Chart
 Northern Pintail  Anas acuta Winter Resident Map Chart
 Green-winged Teal  Anas crecca Winter Resident Map Chart
 Canvasback  Aythya valisineria Winter Resident Map Chart
 Redhead  Aythya americana Winter Resident Map Chart
 Ring-necked Duck  Aythya collaris Winter Resident Map Chart
 Greater Scaup  Aythya marila Winter Resident Map Chart
 Lesser Scaup  Aythya affinis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Common Eider  Somateria mollissima Winter Resident Map Chart
 Harlequin Duck  Histrionicus histrionicus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Surf Scoter  Melanitta perspicillata Winter Resident Map Chart
 White-winged Scoter  Melanitta fusca Winter Resident Map Chart
 Long-tailed Duck  Clangula hyemalis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Bufflehead  Bucephala albeola Winter Resident Map Chart
 Common Goldeneye  Bucephala clangula Winter Resident Map Chart
 Hooded Merganser  Lophodytes cucullatus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Red-breasted Merganser  Mergus serrator Winter Resident Map Chart
 Ruddy Duck  Oxyura jamaicensis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Red-throated Loon  Gavia stellata Winter Resident Map Chart
 Pied-billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps Winter Resident Map Chart
 Horned Grebe  Podiceps auritus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Red-necked Grebe  Podiceps grisegena Winter Resident Map Chart
 Northern Gannet  Morus bassanus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Great Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo Winter Resident Map Chart
 American Bittern  Botaurus lentiginosus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Northern Harrier  Circus hudsonius Winter Resident Map Chart
 Sharp-shinned Hawk  Accipiter striatus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Sora  Porzana carolina Winter Resident Map Chart
 American Coot  Fulica americana Winter Resident Map Chart
 Black-bellied Plover  Pluvialis squatarola Winter Resident Map Chart
 Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres Winter Resident Map Chart
 Dunlin  Calidris alpina Winter Resident Map Chart
 Purple Sandpiper  Calidris maritima Winter Resident Map Chart
 Western Sandpiper  Calidris mauri Winter Resident Map Chart
 American Woodcock  Scolopax minor Winter Resident Map Chart
 Wilson's Snipe  Gallinago delicata Winter Resident Map Chart
 Razorbill  Alca torda Winter Resident Map Chart
 Bonaparte's Gull  Chroicocephalus philadelphia Winter Resident Map Chart
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus varius Winter Resident Map Chart
 Merlin  Falco columbarius Winter Resident Map Chart
 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Blue-headed Vireo  Vireo solitarius Winter Resident Map Chart
 Red-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta canadensis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Brown Creeper  Certhia americana Winter Resident Map Chart
 Winter Wren  Troglodytes hiemalis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Sedge Wren  Cistothorus platensis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Golden-crowned Kinglet  Regulus satrapa Winter Resident Map Chart
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Regulus calendula Winter Resident Map Chart
 Hermit Thrush  Catharus guttatus Winter Resident Map Chart
 American Pipit  Anthus rubescens Winter Resident Map Chart
 Orange-crowned Warbler  Oreothlypis celata Winter Resident Map Chart
 Palm Warbler  Setophaga palmarum Winter Resident Map Chart
 Yellow-rumped Warbler  Setophaga coronata Winter Resident Map Chart
 Nelson's Sparrow  Ammodramus nelsoni Winter Resident Map Chart
 Fox Sparrow  Passerella iliaca Winter Resident Map Chart
 Dark-eyed Junco  Junco hyemalis Winter Resident Map Chart
 White-throated Sparrow  Zonotrichia albicollis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Savannah Sparrow  Passerculus sandwichensis Winter Resident Map Chart
 Swamp Sparrow  Melospiza georgiana Winter Resident Map Chart
 Baltimore Oriole  Icterus galbula Winter Resident Map Chart
 Purple Finch  Haemorhous purpureus Winter Resident Map Chart
 Pine Siskin  Spinus pinus Winter 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.