Wim van Dam


A draft revision of the book THE BIRDS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY,
CALIFORNIA by Paul Lehman is now available on-line at:


It is updated with information available through February 2012. For many years Paul has wanted to update his 1994 manuscript—a lot
happens in the bird world over almost two decades! So, he began
updating the book in 2010. Two years later, here are the revisions to
all the species accounts, as well as to the introductory chapters
dealing with Habitats and Methods. The other chapters in the 1994 book
—dealing with Topography and Climate, Ornithological History, Bird
Migration and the Seasons, and Changes in Habitats and Bird
Populations in Santa Barbara County—have yet to be updated and so are
not yet included.

The species accounts are all ‘current’ through Winter 2011-2012. Paul
has attempted to not only incorporate the many individual records of
interest made since April 1994, but also to update general status and
distribution information for most species, as well as to discuss
important historical and recent population trends. But this is still
very much a ‘work in progress.’ Every time he re-reads several
accounts, he still finds things to tweak. There are many holes
remaining to be filled. More detail on the changing status for some
species is still needed. More information on other species is
warranted. The 'flow' of some accounts since being updated could be a
bit more 'seamless.' He'll continue to add past records of interest as
they come to his attention, and he will add future records as each
future county seasonal report is compiled.

Input from the birding public is eagerly sought. If you have
corrections or other information that would be valuable to include in
any of the species accounts, please submit it, preferably labeled
"BOSBC", to https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main . But recent
records from the current 'season' should be sent to county compiler
Dave Compton (davcompton@verizon.net). We will consider these data
for all future updates. This electronic publication can be modified
easily, and the plans are to do so on a regular basis.

The book is presented as a series of both pdf and Word files. At the
end, there is also one large pdf of the entire manuscript. The pdf
versions include line numbering, which should be used for ease in
making comments. Depending on your computer, the Word files may or may
not show the same line numbering.

Feel free to comment privately to Paul as well, but we encourage
suggested changes to be posted publicly on the sbcobirding site, so
that we can all share in this potential new information.

- Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA) on behalf of PL.

--PAUL LEHMAN (lehman.paul@verizon.net)
30 April 2012

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