January Meeting and Elections via Zoom!

Laura Erickson Dear Members, As the new year approaches, hopes for our traditional January pot luck dinner with the opportunity to socialize and have fun with member presentations and quizzes, has, unfortunately, faded with the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases (as of this writing). This is disappointing, to be sure.  However, besides having fun, our January meeting is also an important official time to hold elections of officers and directors as required by our bylaws. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip - Registration Opens January 24, 2021

Jan 31, 2021

Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip - Registration Opens January 24, 2021

A driving tour of the farm fields and open lands to the west of Rochester, this trip will search for Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Northern Shrikes, and hawks in the plains and country roads of western Monroe and Orleans Counties.
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February Meeting via Zoom!: Allan Strong - "Conserving Grassland Birds in Agricultural Landscapes"

Feb 11, 2021

February Meeting via Zoom!: Allan Strong - "Conserving Grassland Birds in Agricultural Landscapes"

Grassland birds show some of the most dramatic population declines in North America as a result of habitat loss and intensive agricultural management. Allan Strong has studied Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows in the dairy country of Vermont’s Champlain Valley since 2002.
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Winter Waterfowl and Other Possibilities - Registration Opens February 7, 2021

Feb 14, 2021

Winter Waterfowl and Other Possibilities - Registration Opens February 7, 2021

We will look for Long-tailed Ducks, mergansers, scaup and others that may be present.  We will then drive over to Summerville and Charlotte to see what is in the river. 
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Birding in Rochester

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“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Pine Grosbeak - Mendon Ponds Park - © Dick Horsey - Jan 13, 2021

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery – Birds in and around Rochester, NY

The Last 30 Days gallery displays images of birds that have been seen in … you guessed it … the last 30 days. This popular gallery helps keep people informed of what birds are being seen where throughout the seasons. All images submitted by RBA Members. Submissions welcome!

Harlequin Ducks, Pultneyville (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: January

Durand Eastman Park, with its abundance of cone-bearing trees, orchard and other food supplies, is a prime fall and winter birding spot.  Webster Park also has good stands of conifers and a good view of the lake.  Read more »

Birding Hotspots

Historical Records and Statistics

The collection of Noteworthy Records tables can be found in the Little Gull Archives. Here, we publish links to the more recent Noteworthy Records and one historical (2004) noteworthy sightings tables.

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Special Features

NY Breeding Bird Atlas

NY Breeding Bird Atlas

If you ever watch birds in New York, you can be a part of the Breeding Bird Atlas! Whenever you go birding—be it in your backyard, at your summer camp, or in your favorite park—every sighting counts!

RBA Galleries

RBA Photo Galleries

The RBA photo galleries includes images of local area birds submitted by members. Current galleries include: Rochester Area Birds, Montezuma NWR, Owls, Vagrants, and Nesting Birds.

Board of Directors

Get Involved

Whether you are a new birder or dyed in the wool enthusiast, we’d like you to be involved and help RBA with our goals to 1) Teach 2) create 3) spread and 4) contribute

Young Birders Club

Young Birders ROC!

RBA nurtures young people’s curiosity in birds and helps them take their skills to the next level while offering a fun, safe environment with other teens/preteens to network and bird together.