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The Santa Barbara County Reporting List

In an effort to provide accurate information to the local birding community, this page details bird species that are considered “reportable” in the county. Taking field notes is a good practice in general, but species listed with an asterisk (*) are considered rare and comments are requested in eBird checklist submissions which include a physical description and photos for checklist validation and database accuracy. Additionally, provide a description when announcing to sbcobirding. Consult the California Bird Records Committee Review List for all review species (red text) and submit a sighting through the CBRC website. Read through Paul Lehman’s, The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California for status and distribution information on county birds. Paul’s book is updated annually and is available for download under the Birds link on this website.


Santa Barbara Audubon

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Any (wild) goose except Canada

Trumpeter Swan*

Tundra Swan

Common (Eurasian) Teal*

Baikal Teal


Eurasian Wigeon

Tufted Duck*

Harlequin Duck*

Black Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Red-necked Grebe*

White-winged Dove

Ruddy Ground-Dove*

Yellow-billed Cuckoo*

Grove-billed Ani*

Common Nighthawk*


Chimney Swift*

Broad-tailed Hummingbird*

Calliope Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Yellow*/Black*/Ridgway’s Rail*

Sandhill Crane

American Oystercatcher*

American Golden-Plover*

Pacific Golden-Plover

Piping Plover

Wilson’s Plover

Mountain Plover

Bar-tailed Godwit


Sharp-tailed Sandpiper*

Stilt Sandpiper*

Curlew Sandpiper

Red-necked Stint

Buff-breasted Sandpiper*

Semipalmated Sandpiper

South Polar Skua

Long-tailed Jaeger

Marbled Murrelet

Guadalupe Murrelet

Craveri's Murrelet

Ancient Murrelet*

Parakeet Auklet*

Horned/Tufted Puffin*

Black-headed Gull

Little Gull*

Laughing Gull*

Franklin's Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull*

Glaucous Gull







Gull-billed Tern*

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

tropicbird (any)*

Yellow-billed Loon

albatross (any, BF in SB channel)

Wilson's Storm-Petrel*

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel*

Townsend’s Storm-Petrel

Least Storm-Petrel*

petrel* (any Pterodroma sp.)

Short-tailed Shearwater*

Flesh-footed Shearwater*

Manx Shearwater*

Wood Stork*

Magnificent Frigatebird*

booby (any)*

Neotropic Cormorant*

American Bittern

Least Bittern

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron*

White Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

California Condor*

Northern Goshawk*

Bald Eagle

Mississippi Kite

Broad-winged Hawk*

Swainson's Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk*

Rough-legged Hawk*

Any owl other than Barn, Great Horned

and Western Screech-Owl

Red-headed Woodpecker

Williamson's Sapsucker*

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker

White-headed Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

Dusky-capped Flycatcher*

Great Crested Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher*

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird*

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher*

Greater Pewee

Any empidonax flycatcher other than

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe*






Vermilion Flycatcher

All vireos except Hutton's, Warbling

and Cassin's

Pinyon Jay*

Clark’s Nutcracker*

Bank Swallow


Winter Wren

Sedge Wren

Wood Thrush

Varied Thrush

Gray Catbird*

Brown Thrasher*

Bendire's Thrasher*

Sage Thrasher

Bohemian Waxwing*

wagtail (any)

Red-throated Pipit*

Sprague's Pipit*

Evening Grosbeak*

Red Crossbill

Any longspur*

Cassin's Sparrow

Lark Bunting*

Clay-colored Sparrow

"Red" Fox Sparrow*

American Tree Sparrow*

Harris's Sparrow*

Sagebrush Sparrow*

LeConte’s Sparrow

Nelson's Sparrow*

"Large-billed" Savannah Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Green-tailed Towhee


Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Scott’s Oriole

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

Any "eastern" wood-warbler

(e.g., Black-and-white, Am Redstart)

Any "southwestern" wood-warbler

(e.g., Lucy's, Virginia’s, Grace's)

Hepatic*, Summer, and Scarlet* tanagers


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Varied Bunting

Painted Bunting*








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