Dedicated to the avifauna of Santa Barbara County
The Santa Barbara County Bird List contains
more than 500 bird species. This list is updated
when new birds have been recorded in the
county, or when CA Bird Records Committee
decisions and taxonomic updates are published.
Send and receive birding reports, read
announcements about local rarities, and
participate in general discussion through the
sbcobirding forum. This group is open to
everyone with an interest in county birding.
eBird 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
exploring the SBA county eBird page links.
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County:
Western Snowy Plover
Beach closures are now in effect at several
county beaches for the federally protected
Western Snowy Plover nesting season. Access is
limited at Ocean Park, Guadalupe Beach, and
public beaches on Vandenberg SFB. The season is
from March 1 - September 30 each year.
Project 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.
Global Big Day
Last year, Global Big Day brought birders
together virtually from more countries than ever
before. More than 51,000 people from 201
countries submitted 132,000 checklists with
eBird, setting new world records for a single day
of birding. How to participate in GBD 2023:
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
The eBird Rare Bird Alert displays observations
of rarities in Santa Barbara County over the past
seven days. Reports include un-reviewed and
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
There are over 500 eBird Hotspots
in the county. Explore the data
from these shared locations.
A dedicated trio logged a record
setting 193 species in a single day
on April 25, 2008.
A field of 20 make up the 400 Club.
You can participate in this “non-
competitive” listing game.
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.
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