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:
In MemoriamBrad Schram, 79, passed away peacefully in his daughter’s Tennessee home with his wife and family by his side on July 3, 2023. Brad was a prominent figure in the birding community known for his knowledge, humor, and kindness. See Don Roberson’s Who Was Who web page.
News & Events…
October Big DayMark your calendars for October Big Day—14 October 2023! Last October, nearly 35,000 people from 185 countries submitted 80,000 checklists with eBird. By taking part you’re also celebrating Global Bird Weekend and celebrating World Migratory Bird Day.
In MemoriamJoan Easton Lentz passed on the evening of July 25, 2023. Joan was simply a force of nature. Her impact on the birding community was deep and lasting. She will be remembered for her insights, her great enthusiasm for nature and the people who cherish it. Joan’s County Listers narrative:
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.
A field of 21 make up the 400 Club. You can participate in this “non-competitive” listing game.
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.