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.
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.
ABA How to Know the BirdsBecome a better birder with brief portraits of North American birds. These friendly, relatable essays are a celebration of the art, science, and delights of birding by Birding editor and author Ted Floyd. Ted guides you through a year of becoming a better birder, each species representing another useful lesson:
ABA Code of EthicsThose involved in Big Day, Big Year contests and birding in general are encouraged to follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics. The ABA Code of Ethics is a set of principles promoting the welfare of birds and their environment and advances ethical birder conduct. Birders should follow this code while birding.
“Birding, after all, is just a game. Going beyond that is what is important”-Roger Tory Peterson
Do you keep a Santa Barbara County life list? Here you can participate in a “non-competitive” game of sharing your county list total with others. If you have at least 375 species on your county list your name can be added to the Listers page. Just provide your current total along with a few comments describing any memorable hits and misses and you will be included. A total of 400 is a milestone worthy of special recognition and participants become members of the exclusive "400 CLUB" - a pinnacle of birding accomplishments. Contact the webmaster to be included and to report updates.
The record setting team of Mark Billings, Wes Fritz and Peter Gaede observed 193 species in a single day on April 25, 2008 winning them the virtual “Lehman Cup.” The long- standing record of 177 species was recorded on May 3, 1977 by the team of Bevier, Lehman, McGreggor and Schram. Read the complete winning Big Day report here:
Big Day Record
A remarkable Big Year record was established in 2008 by Wes Fritz when he recorded a total of 358 species by the end of December breaking a previous Big Year record set in 2000. “By February, I was committed to this task.” Wes had many highs and lows during the year-long quest and you can read his complete report here:
Big Year Record
ABA ChecklistThe ABA Checklist includes species found in the ABA Area which are breeding species, regular visitors, casual and accidental species from other regions that are believed to have strayed here unrestrained by humans, and well-established introduced species that are now part of our avifauna.