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 trip 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 eBird by visiting the County eBird web page.
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County:
Global Big Day 2020Last May, more than 35,000 people took to fields and forests around the world, reporting more than two-thirds of the world’s bird species in a single day—Global Big Day. On 9 May, will you join birders from more than 175 countries and be a part of Global Big Day? How to participate:
News & Events
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.
Bald Eagle LiveCamThe Channel Islands Live Bald Eagle nest cams are now online for the 2020 breeding season. This live cam overlooks a bald eagle nest on Santa Cruz Island 22 miles off the coast of southern California. Read and post comments in the discussion forum.
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 local rare bird photos at the Rare Birds of Santa Barbara County Flickr pool. All images in the pool have been photographed by local and visiting birders. Add yours!
SB Breeding Bird Study The Santa Barbara County Breeding Bird Study provides a database of accounts of breeding bird records in the county. You can submit your own observations through the submittal page.
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.