Santa Barbara Christmas Bird Count
January 4, 2020’s 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count is now into the books. Our final official tally is 203 species.
State and national ranking for the total number of species is shown below. The full list of species and numbers of birds recorded for each will be available soon at Audubon’s CBC web page.
# Species Count Circle
229 Matagorda/Mad Island Marsh, TX
212 San Diego, CA
203 Santa Barbara, CA
202 Guadalupe River Delta, TX
199 Morro Bay, CA
197 Freeport, TX
Notes from before the count:
Audubon’s 120th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is coming very soon with the Santa Barbara CBC to be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020! We encourage everyone to get out and scout for the birds on The List page of this site. Thanks for your interest!
Rebecca Coulter, Joan Murdoch, Liz Muraoka and Libby Patten
SB CBC Coordinators
Above photos, by Hugh Ranson (left to right) — Broad-billed Hummingbird, LeConte’s Sparrow, and Northern Shoveler. Birds observed just before 118th CBC
A few reminders:
CBC Compilation Dinner – Everyone is urged to attend the compilation dinner at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Fleischmann Auditorium) on the evening of Count Day. Meals must be reserved by Wednesday, January 1. For more information: https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/2019-christmas-bird-count-dinner/. If you don’t wish to purchase a meal, please bring your own food and dinner service. Dinner begins at 6:00; countdown begins at 7:00.
Count Week starts Wednesday January 1 – Species seen during Count Week should be added to your species list WITH AN ‘X‘ if not seen on CBC day. Count week includes the 3 days before and after CBC, so January 1-3 and January 5-7 (details on the Forms Page).
The CBC Count Area — A link to a map showing our boundary is HERE. Note, on touch screens use the “+” and “-” buttons to zoom in and out, and one finger to pan the map.
The most accurate field-level check on our boundary (assuming that your GPS gathering device is accurate) is to set a GPS waypoint to our circle’s center: 34.451248, -119.762698, and then make sure that the distance to this point is equal to or under 7.5 miles.
If you have a “smart device” there is an effective app called “Count Circle,” by Stevens Creek Software, which shows on your device the boundary, along with your current location (if your device is set up for GPS location service). Count Circle includes the complete National Audubon database of CBCs (updated as of October 2014), with a total of 2646 different count circles in 89 different states and territories including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and Antarctica. Lookup and display any count circle on an interactive map, and find out exactly what is (and is not) included in the circle. This is not a free app, but it is a relatively small cost. HOWEVER, apparently the default center point that is provided for our circle is slightly shaded to the west, so if it’s close, please use the method advised above, if at all possible. To put it in more physical terms, the Coronado ‘seep’ is just in (7.488 miles from center), and the Newport ‘puddle’ is not (7.568 miles). In Montecito, almost all of Manning Park on the WEST side of San Ysidro Road is just in.
Links of Interest
Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) have a long history of over 100 years, and are sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Their CBC page is located at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count . Results may be found there.
The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum generously makes available their Fleischmann Auditorium for our compilation dinner, maintains our compiled bird count records, and has a long and storied relationship with local ornithology. Check out their newly renovated campus and bird hall! They are at http://www.sbnature.org/ .
Find out about local sightings and information concerning SB County birds at the groups.io community group site https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main .
For checklists, a regional birding guide, and much more, check out http://www.sbcobirding.com/ .