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:
Project Feeder WatchProject FeederWatch turns your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, community areas, and other locales in North America. Anyone interested in birds can participate. Join now.
News & Events
Christmas Bird CountsThe Christmas Bird Count season takes place between December 14 to January 5 each season. Sign up to participate in one or more of the five counts in Santa Barbara County. Visit the Santa Barbara Audubon Society CBC web page for information on dates and how to sign up.
Documenting Rare BirdsFinding a rare bird can be an exciting and rewarding part of birding. Convincing others of your sighting may not be as important as adding your observation to the scientific record. Here is a detailed and useful article on how to properly document rare birds.
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.