With 474 Species, Virginia is a Top Destination for Birding

Posted by Christy Caplan

The Audubon tells us that climate change is affecting many bird species in the state of Virginia. In the western part of the state, migrants like Wood Thrushes and Cerulean Warblers raise their young in Virginia's heavily-forested areas like Shenandoah National Park and the Upper Blue Ridge Mountains.

"Along the Delmarva Peninsula, coastal beaches, forests, and marshes of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge play host to hundreds of bird species, including endangered Piping Plovers. One of the most important fall hawk-watch sites in the country is located at Kiptopeke State Park, also a stopover in fall for migrating flycatchers, thrushes, and warblers."

According to VirginiaBirds.org, 474 species and 30 selected subspecies have been documented in the Commonwealth of Virginia as of October 2019.

Common backyard birds in Virginia

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. American Crow
  3. Carolina Wren
  4. Mourning Dove
  5. Carolina Chickadee
  6. Blue Jay
  7. Tufted Titmouse
  8. American Robin
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  10. American Goldfinch
  11. Downy Woodpecker
  12. Song Sparrow
  13. European Starling
  14. Northern Mockingbird
  15. White-breasted Nuthatch
  16. Eastern Bluebird
  17. White-throated Sparrow
  18. House Finch
  19. Common Grackle

Most common birds in winter

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. Carolina Chickadee
  3. American Crow
  4. Carolina Wren
  5. White-throated Sparrow
  6. Tufted Titmouse
  7. Mourning Dove
  8. Blue Jay
  9. Dark-eyed Junco
  10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  11. Song Sparrow
  12. Downy Woodpecker
  13. American Goldfinch
  14. White-breasted Nuthatch
  15. American Robin
  16. European Starling
  17. House Finch
  18. Northern Mockingbird
  19. Eastern Bluebird

Most common birds in summer 

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Mourning Dove
3. Carolina Wren
4. American Robin
5. American Crow
6. American Goldfinch
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. Blue Jay
9. Indigo Bunting
10. Common Grackle
11. Carolina Chickadee
12. Northern Mockingbird
13. Red-eyed Vireo
14. Red-bellied Woodpecker
15. European Starling
16. Song Sparrow
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Barn Swallow
19. Gray Catbird
20. Eastern Bluebird
21. Eastern Towhee
22. Downy Woodpecker
23. House Finch
24. Eastern Wood-Pewee
25. Chimney Swift
26. White-breasted Nuthatch

Other birds of Virginia?

Look for the Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Cowbirds, Northern Flicker, Cormorant, Tanager, Pelican, Egret, Baltimore Oriole, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Loons, Virginia Rail, Thrasher, Vultures, Grebes, Ibis, Hairy Woodpecker, Blackbirds, and Osprey.

With 400 species of birds, Virginia is a top destination for birding and wildlife viewing.

Have you ever seen or heard of these wild birds? Please leave us a comment below!

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With 474 Species, Virginia is a Top Destination for Birding