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This rare Yellow-throated Warbler was photographed at Gaviota State Beach on 20 May, 2019.

Photo: David Levasheff

Yellow-throated Warbler

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The Breeding Bird Study (BBS) employs Google Fusion Tables to provide a database of accounts of breeding bird records in Santa Barbara County. These accounts can be filtered and viewed in lists or maps. This effort now contains input from many local observers. You can participate by submitting breeding bird data to the BBS portal through the Santa Barbara Audubon website.

Breeding Bird Study

Breeding Bird Study >>

Posted May 5, 2019

The annual checklist supplement to the American Ornithological Society’s 7th edition of the Check-list of North American Birds is out which details several splits, some new species names, and sequence changes to a few bird families such as plovers, swallows and sparrows. A good overview of the 2019 supplement is available at this ABA Blog post:  

2019 AOS Supplement

2019 AOS Supplement >>

Posted July 21, 2019

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Paul Lehman’s June 2019 edition of The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California is now available. This most recent update also includes a new appendix, "The Spring Coastal Seabird Migration, 1970s–1980s." Paul’s publication is the most accurate source of information on the status and distribution of county birds. This can be freely downloaded as an epub or pdf file at the following link:

The Birds of Santa Barbara County

The Birds of SBA County >>

Posted June 9, 2019