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At the following link you will find the complete list of all bird species recorded in Santa Barbara County to date. This list is updated when taxonomic changes are published by the American Ornithological Society (AOS), when new birds have been recorded in the county, or reviewed records have been published by the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC).
By Paul Lehman
Originally published in 1994, Paul’s manuscript remains the definitive work on the
status and distribution of the birds of Santa Barbara County, California. Paul continues
to revise and update his book annually to include new information from available
historical data and contributions from the birding community. Many changes have occurred
since the first publication over twenty years ago including range expansion and decline
in bird populations, taxonomic splits, name changes, and the addition of bird species
new to the county. Paul’s annual updates offer the most current understanding of
the status and distribution of local birds. This is available in pdf or as an epub
file for e-
The Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study is a collection of breeding bird records covering the county and projected on maps using Google Fusion Tables.
What began as a consolidation of historical records in field notes from UCSB environmental contract sites has expanded to include input from many observers documenting nearly 170 breeding species. You can participate in the study. The effort is sponsored by Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UCSB and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society.
For complete instructions follow this link to access and explore the BBS data:
eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-
The Sbcobirding forum was created in July 1999. Subscribers post trip reports and
rarity announcements as well as participate in general discussion. You can read all
archived messages in the Message History at the Groups.io website, or you can join
the group and have messages emailed to you. This forum is open to everyone with an
interest in county birding. IMPORTANT-
In an effort to solicit and share accurate information about local birds, special attention should be given to several species reported to the sbcobirding forum or when submitted to eBird. The following County Reporting List page provides information on the observational data we are interested in receiving. This list is intended to outline which birds are considered rare in the county. Please provide appropriate documentation for species on this list.