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This fourth county record Mississippi Kite was found near Solvang on 13 June, 2018.

Photo: Jamie Chavez

Mississippi Kite

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It’s time once again to document breeding birds for the 2018 season. In 2017, 564 new breeding records were submitted and the Breeding Bird Study database grew by about 11%. The 5527 records currently in the BBS represent 178 breeding species in the county. You can participate by observing nesting activity in 2018 and contributing to the Study. Information can be found at the SB Audubon BBS portal:

Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study

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Posted February 20, 2018

Here is a great tool for expanding your identification skills. The new eBird Photo + Sound Quiz. Quiz yourself on 20 images or sounds from birds anywhere in the world including right near your home, all based on media uploaded by eBirders everywhere. Each quiz you take helps tag and rate media in the Macaulay Library.

eBird Photo + Sound Quiz

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Posted May 27, 2018

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BirdNote is a two-minute radio show that combines rich sounds with engaging stories, to illustrate the amazing lives of birds and give listeners a momentary respite from the news of the day. BirdNote shows are aired on public radio stations around the country every day and can be found online at any time. Stories about birds, the environment, and more:


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Posted May 20, 2018