Hello birders,

Please note that these pages have not been fully updated for the 120th CBC which will be held on: Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Audubon’s 120th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is coming soon with the Santa Barbara CBC to be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020! We encourage everyone to start getting out and scouting for the birds on The List page of this site. While this list hasn’t been updated for this year, many of the less common species remain the same each CBC. We’ll be updating this and other information about the upcoming Santa Barbara CBC very soon. Thanks for your interest!

Rebecca Coulter, Joan Murdoch, Liz Muraoka and Libby Patten
SB CBC Coordinators

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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 Tuesday, January 1: click here to reserve. 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 2 – 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 2-4 and January 6-8 (details on the Forms Page).

Good birding,

For remaining questions about the CBC, you can contact us at: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Above photos, by Hugh Ranson (left to right) — Broad-billed Hummingbird, LeConte’s Sparrow, and Northern Shoveler. Birds observed just before 118th CBC.

Rebecca Coulter, Joan Murdoch, Liz Muraoka and Libby Patten
SB CBC Coordinators

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 here.

The local Santa Barbara Audubon Society which takes a leading role in habitat conservation and restoration among many other activities, and which arranges our compilation dinner at the Natural History Museum, is located at http://www.santabarbaraaudubon.org/ . Check this site for monthly presentations, free bird walks and field trips, and much more, as well as their newsletter El Tecolote.

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/ .