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 2019; compliant with eBird/Clements 2019 Taxonomy.)

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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
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus Permanent Resident Map Chart
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo 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
King Rail Rallus elegans Permanent Resident Map Chart
Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans 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
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
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
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 Dryobates pubescens Permanent Resident Map Chart
Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus Permanent Resident Map Chart
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus Permanent Resident Map Chart
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 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
Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis Permanent Resident Map Chart
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor Permanent Resident Map Chart
Tree Swallow Tachycineta 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
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 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
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis Permanent Resident Map Chart
American Robin Turdus migratorius Permanent Resident Map Chart
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Permanent Resident Map Chart
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Permanent Resident Map Chart
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus Permanent Resident Map Chart
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis Permanent Resident Map Chart
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina Permanent Resident Map Chart
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla Permanent Resident Map Chart
Seaside Sparrow Ammospiza maritima Permanent Resident Map Chart
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Permanent Resident Map Chart
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus 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
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas Permanent Resident Map Chart
Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus Permanent Resident Map Chart
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 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.