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 (yellow highlight) or in either spring (light red highlight) or fall (orange 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 2019; compliant with eBird/Clements 2019 Taxonomy.)

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Common Name Scientific Name Category Spatial Distribution Counts & Seasonality
Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors Transient Map Chart
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Transient Map Chart
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Transient Map Chart
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Transient Map Chart
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Transient Map Chart
Red Knot Calidris canutus Transient Map Chart
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus Transient Map Chart
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla Transient Map Chart
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis Transient Map Chart
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos Transient Map Chart
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri Fall Transient Map Chart
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus Transient Map Chart
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius Transient Map Chart
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria Transient Map Chart
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes Transient Map Chart
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica Transient Map Chart
Black Tern Chlidonias niger Fall Transient Map Chart
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Transient Map Chart
Veery Catharus fuscescens Transient Map Chart
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus Transient Map Chart
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus Transient Map Chart
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus Transient Map Chart
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis Transient Map Chart
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Transient Map Chart
Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla Fall Transient Map Chart
Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina Spring Transient Map Chart
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla Transient Map Chart
Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina Fall Transient Map Chart
Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia Transient Map Chart
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia Transient Map Chart
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata Transient Map Chart
Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens Transient Map Chart
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica Spring Transient Map Chart
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens Transient Map Chart
Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla Fall Transient Map Chart
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea Transient Map Chart
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus Transient Map Chart


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.