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A Birder's Guide to Virginia

A Birder's Guide to Virginia

David W. Johnston, Compiler
Published 1997
280 pages, wire-O binding
ISBN 1-878788-12-4
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Virginia offers birders a wide range of habitats and a large selection of birds, with about 390 regularly-occurring species. Each region has its special sites, distinct habitats, and particular birds. A Birder's Guide to Virginia is divided into six major regions: Eastern Shore, Coastal Plain, Northern, Central, Southern Piedmont, and Southern Mountains and Valleys.

Over 70 major sites are described, ranging from the suburban parks of Alexandria and Arlington—close to Washington D.C.—to the remote back roads and reservoirs of southwestern Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Special attention is given to the major birding and tourist destinations: the Virginia end of the Delmarva Peninsula and popular Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Shenandoah National Park.

In an effort involving many Virginia Society of Ornithology members, who chose the sites and prepared the birding instructions, David W. Johnston has compiled a fascinating new birder's guide to Virginia. Over 70 major sites, with more than 45 maps, are included in this book. Each site description includes access and birding directions, habitat, and information about seasonal bird distribution.

Some of the more interesting birds of the state covered in the book include local winter visitors or residents from the north (such as Great Cormorant, Eurasian Wigeon, Rough-legged Hawk, Purple Sandpiper, and Little Gull), uncommon but findable summer residents (such as Mississippi Kite, Black Rail, King Rail, Brown Pelican, and Swainson's Warbler), and common breeding songbirds with a southern character (such as Acadian Flycatcher, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, and Summer Tanager).

A Birder's Guide to Virginia has an annotated checklist for about 425 species, and sections on pelagic birding, hawk-watching, and special species to be found in Virginia. Finally, the book has lists of butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals with notes on the status of each.

Table of Contents for a Birder's Guide to Virginia

Introduction

1

 

 

Virginia Sites:

24

Eastern Shore

24

Chincoteague  National Wildlife Refuge

27

Virginia Coast  Reserve Barrier Islands .

32

Kiptopeke State Park and Vicinity

35

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Islands

39

Coastal  Plain

44

Harrison  Lake National Fish Hatchery

48

Point of Rocks Park

50

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge

51

Stumpy Lake

52

Great  Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

55

Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area

56

Craney  Island Landfill

58

First Landing/Seashore State Park and Natural Area and Fort Story

59

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

61

False Cape State Park

64

Grandview Beach

66

Jamestown Island

68

Jolly Pond

70

York River State Park

71

Colonial Parkway

72

Newport News City Park

74

Hog Island

75

George  Washington Birthplace National Monument

76

Westmoreland State Park

78

Northern Virginia

80

Long Branch Nature Area! Giencarlyn Park

83

Potomac Overlook Regional Park

85

Lubber Run Park

86

Chinquapin Park

88

Monticello Park

90

Hunting Creek/Bay,Belle Haven, Dyke Marsh, and Jones Point Park

91

Huntley Meadows Park

95

Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge and Fort Belvoir

97

Mason Neck State  Park and National Wildlife Refuge

100

Scotts Run Nature  Preserve

103

Great  Falls National Park and Riverbend Park

105

Lucketts Area

106

Snickers Gap

109

Sky Meadows State Park

110

Linden Fire Tower

113

Central Virginia

114

Lake Anna

117

Shenandoah  National Park

120

Ivy Creek Natural Area    .

126

Observatory  Mountain

128

Grand Caverns  Regional Park

129

Montgomery  Hall Park

129

Natural Chimneys Regional Park

131

Silver Lake

132

Highland County

134

Ramseys Draft and Shenandoah Mountain

137

Lake Moomaw

138

Southern  Piedmont

140

James River Park

143

Pocahontas State Park and State Forest

146

Swift Creek  Reservoir

148

Red Hill Shrine

149

John H. Kerr Reservoir

151

Staunton  River State Park

156

Staunton  River Battlefield State Park (Fort Hill}

158

Southern  Mountains and Valleys

160

The Blue Ridge Parkway

164

Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant

174

Carvins Cove Reservoir

176

Daleville Ponds

177

Mountain Lake

178

Shot Tower  and New River Trail State Parks

180

Burkes Garden

182

Mount Rogers

184

Whitetop Mountain

186

Grayson  Highlands State Park

187

Laurel Bed Lake

188

South Holston  Lake

189

Mendota  Fire Tower

191

Clinch Valley College Campus

192

Flag Rock Park

193

High Knob Recreation Area

194

Breaks Interstate Park .

195

Hawk-Watching  in Virginia

198

Pelagic Birding in Virginia

203

An Annotated  Checklist of Birds Found in Virginia

210

Specialties of Virginia

249

Other Animals of Virginia

260

Butterflies

260

Amphibians

263

Reptiles

265

Mammals

267

Suggested References

270

The Virginia Society of Ornithology

275

 American Birding Association

277

Index

279

List of Birds found in a Birder's Guide to Virginia

A

B

C

Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Allen's Hummingbird
American Avocet
American Bittern
American Black Duck
American Coot
American Crow
American Golden-Plover
American Kestrel
American Oystercatcher
American Pipit
American Redstart
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
American Woodcock
Anhinga
Arctic Tern
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Atlantic Puffin
Audubon's Shearwater

Bachman's Sparrow
Baird's Sandpiper
Bald Eagle
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Barn Owl
Barn Swallow
Barnacle Goose
Barred Owl
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bay-breasted Warbler
Bell's Vireo
Belted Kingfisher
Bewick's Wren
Bicknell's Thrush
Black Guillemot
Black Rail
Black Scoter
Black Skimmer
Black Tern
Black Vulture
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Magpie
Black-browed Albatross
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Petrel
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-headed Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Stilt
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-tailed Gull
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Black-throated Sparrow
Black-whiskered Vireo
Blue Jay
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Warbler
Bohemian Waxwing
Bonaparte's Gull
Boreal Chickadee
Brent Goose
Bridled Tern
Broad-winged Hawk
Brown Booby
Brown Creeper
Brown Noddy
Brown Pelican
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Bufflehead
Bulwer's Petrel
Burrowing Owl

 

California Gull
Canada Goose
Canada Warbler
Canvasback
Cape May Warbler
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Caspian Tern
Cattle Egret
Cave Swallow
Cedar Waxwing
Cerulean Warbler
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Chimney Swift
Chipping Sparrow
Chuck-will's-widow
Cinnamon Teal
Clapper Rail
Clark's Grebe
Clay-colored Sparrow
Cliff Swallow
Common Eider
Common Goldeneye
Common Ground-Dove
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Moorhen
Common Murre
Common Nighthawk
Common Pheasant
Common Raven
Common Snipe
Common Starling
Common Teal
Common Tern
Common Yellowthroat
Connecticut Warbler
Cooper's Hawk
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Cory's Shearwater
Curlew Sandpiper

D, E & F

G

H, I, J & K

Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Dovekie
Downy Woodpecker
Dunlin
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Warbling-Vireo
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Elegant Tern
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Woodcock
Fea's Petrel
Ferruginous Hawk
Field Sparrow
Fish Crow
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Forster's Tern
Fox Sparrow
Franklin's Gull
Fulvous Whistling-Duck

 

Gadwall
Glaucous Gull
Glossy Ibis
Golden Eagle
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-winged Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Cormorant
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret
Great Horned Owl
Great Shearwater
Great Skua
Greater Flamingo
Greater Scaup
Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater Yellowlegs
Green Heron
Green-tailed Towhee
Grey Catbird
Grey Kingbird
Grey-cheeked Thrush
Groove-billed Ani
Gull-billed Tern
Gyrfalcon

Hairy Woodpecker
Harlequin Duck
Harris's Sparrow
Heermann's Gull
Henslow's Sparrow
Herald Petrel
Hermit Thrush
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Warbler
Horned Grebe
Horned Lark
House Wren
Hudsonian Godwit

Iceland Gull

 

Kentish Plover
Kentucky Warbler
Killdeer
King Eider
King Rail
Kirtland's Warbler

L

M

N & O

Lapland Longspur
Lark Bunting
Lark Sparrow
Laughing Gull
Le Conte's Sparrow
Leach's Storm-Petrel
Least Bittern
Least Flycatcher
Least Sandpiper
Least Tern
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Scaup
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lewis's Woodpecker
Limpkin
Lincoln's Sparrow
Little Blue Heron
Little Egret
Little Gull
Loggerhead Shrike
Long-billed Curlew
Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-eared Owl
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Jaeger
Louisiana Waterthrush

MacGillivray's Warbler
Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Magnolia Warbler
Mallard
Manx Shearwater
Marbled Godwit
Marsh Wren
Merlin
Mew Gull
Mississippi Kite
Monk Parakeet
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Plover
Mourning Dove
Mourning Warbler
Mute Swan

Nashville Warbler
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Neotropic Cormorant
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Fulmar
Northern Gannet
Northern Goshawk
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Parula
Northern Pintail
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shrike
Northern Waterthrush
Northern Wheatear

 

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Osprey
Ovenbird

P-Q

R

S

Pacific Loon
Paint-billed Crake
Palm Warbler
Parasitic Jaeger
Pectoral Sandpiper
Peregrine Falcon
Philadelphia Vireo
Pied-billed Grebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Warbler
Piping Plover
Pomarine Jaeger
Prairie Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Purple Gallinule
Purple Martin
Purple Sandpiper

 

Razorbill
Red Knot
Red Phalarope
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Reddish Egret
Red-eyed Vireo
Redhead
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Phalarope
Red-necked Stint
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-throated Loon
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck
Rock Dove
Rock Wren
Roseate Tern
Ross's Goose
Rough-legged Hawk
Royal Tern
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruff
Ruffed Grouse
Rufous Hummingbird

 

Sabine's Gull
Sage Thrasher
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Sand Martin
Sanderling
Sandhill Crane
Sandwich Tern
Savannah Sparrow
Saw-whet Owl
Say's Phoebe
Scarlet Tanager
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Seaside Sparrow
Sedge Wren
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Short-eared Owl
Short-tailed Shearwater
Snow Bunting
Snow Goose
Snowy Egret
Snowy Owl
Solitary Sandpiper
Song Sparrow
Sooty Shearwater
Sooty Tern
Sora
South Polar Skua
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Towhee
Sprague's Pipit
Stilt Sandpiper
Summer Tanager
Surf Scoter
Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Thrush
Swainson's Warbler
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swamp Sparrow

T, U & V

W

X-Z

Tennessee Warbler
Thayer's Gull
Thick-billed Murre
Townsend's Warbler
Tree Swallow
Tricolored Heron
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Duck
Tufted Titmouse
Tundra Goose
Tundra Swan
Turkey Vulture

Upland Sandpiper

Varied Thrush
Veery
Vermilion Flycatcher
Vesper Sparrow
Virginia Rail

Western Grebe
Western Kingbird
Western Marsh-Harrier
Western Sandpiper
Western Wood-Pewee
Westfern Tanager
Whimbrel
Whip-poor-will
White Ibis
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-cheeked Pintail
White-crowned Sparrow
White-eyed Vireo
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Storm-Petrel
White-rumped Sandpiper
White-tailed Kite
White-tailed Tropicbird
White-throated Sparrow
White-winged Dove
White-winged Scoter
White-winged Tern
Wild Turkey
Willet
Willow Flycatcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Plover
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Wilson's Warbler
Winter Wren
Wood Duck
Wood Stork
Wood Thrush
Worm-eating Warbler

Yellow Rail
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-nosed Albatross
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Warbler