SpiecesThe 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 webpage.
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County:
Christmas Bird CountsAll Christmas Bird Counts are conducted 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.
News & Events
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. Join now.
The Great Backyard Bird CountThe 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 14-17, 2020. Your help is needed!
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 BBS is a collection of breeding bird records covering the county and projected on maps using Google Fusion Tables. You can contribute each breeding season.
By the Numbers
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.