SpeciesThe Santa Barbara County Bird Checklist contains more than 500 species. The list is updated when new birds are recorded in the county, and when CA Bird Records Committee decisions or taxonomic updates are published.
DiscussionStay informed! Send and receive birding reports, rarity announcements, and participate in general discussion through the sbcobirding discussion forum. This group is open to everyone with an interest in county birding.
eBirdeBird is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way birders report and access information about birds. Participate in citizen science! Learn more about local birds by visiting the County eBird web page.
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County:
October Big DayThis year’s October Big Day 2020 is happening during the first Global Bird Weekend. The goal of Global Bird Weekend is to make October 17-18 the biggest ever birding weekend and support BirdLife International’s appeal to end illegal bird trade. Read more at the following link.
News & Events
Bird Academy VideosCheck out these resources from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird Academy has nearly 200 instructional and informative videos that you can watch for FREE on subjects ranging from bird behavior, evolution, identification, habitat, migration, bird song, and much more.
SB Nature From HomeThe Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has created a virtual museum where you can explore how to connect with the natural world from the comfort of your own home. Find activities that you can do outdoors, indoors, or online. Check back often for new content.
A Birder’s Guide to
Santa Barbara County
Visit the Birder’s Guide for a listing of popular local birding spots. This guide aligns with the four districts in Paul Lehman’s, The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California, and includes descriptions and eBird Hotspot links.
Santa Barbara County boasts a rich diversity of bird life and there are many places to explore. Where the Birds Are
eBird RBAThe eBird Rare Bird Alert displays observations of rarities in Santa Barbara County over the past seven days. Reports include un-reviewed and reviewed/approved sightings.
Rare Bird Photos You can find many rare bird photos at the Rare Birds of Santa Barbara County photo pool at Flickr. Images in the pool have been shared by local and visiting birders. Contribute yours!
SB Breeding Bird Study The Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study (BBS) provides a database of accounts of breeding bird records in the county. You can contribute your own records at this website link:
The Santa Barbara County Bird Checklist has surpassed the 500 species milestone.
As suggested by birders, eBird Hotspots are the “better” places to go birding in the county.
A dedicated trio recorded a record setting 193 species in a single day on April 25, 2008.
A field of 18 make up the 400 Club. You can participate in this “non-competitive” listing game. Join in!
sbcobirding This website was created as a resource for everything birding in Santa Barbara County. The goal is simply to promote the activity of field birding in the county and to provide information to interested birders. If you have comments about this website or would like more information about local birding, please contact me.
sbcobirding receives the generous support of the Santa Barbara Audubon Society. For more than 50 years SBAS has helped to preserve the biological diversity of the Santa Barbara area.