SpeciesThe 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.
DiscussionSend 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.
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 exploring the SBA county eBird page links.
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County:
Project FeederWatchProject 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.
News & Events…
‘Tis the SeasonAudubon Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 and January 5 each year. You can participate in any of the five counts in Santa Barbara County. Visit the Santa Barbara Audubon Society CBC web page for information on dates and how to participate.
Great Backyard Bird Count The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free annual event where birders of all ages and skill level participate in a four-day census to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. The next GBBC is February 16-19, 2024. Share your 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/validated 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:
There are over 500 eBird Hotspots in the county. Explore all the data from these shared locations.
The Santa Barbara County Bird Checklist has surpassed the 500 species milestone.
A dedicated trio logged a record setting 193 species in a single day on April 25, 2008.
You can participate in this “non-competitive” listing game. Contact the webmaster to play.
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.