To Feed Or Not to Feed: What to Do about Avian Flu?

Northern Flicker on Feeder © Nic Minetor Bulletin: April 26, 2022—Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu (HPAI) is giving a lot of poultry farmers headaches this spring, whether they run huge operations or just raise a few chickens and ducks in their backyards. A few cases of this deadly flu have been identified in New York State, though none of them are in the greater Rochester area. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip - Registration Opens October 2, 2022 at 7:30pm

Oct 9, 2022

Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip - Registration Opens October 2, 2022 at 7:30pm

We’ll start off walking flat wooded and brushy areas of the park, looking for thrushes, sparrows, and maybe a half-hardy warbler or two. After that, we’ll stop by the lake watch to view ducks on the water and in flight, learning about the lake watch process.
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October Meeting in Person & via Zoom with Speaker Dr. Andrew Stillman - "Ecology in Action through Wildfire, Woodpeckers, and Birders Like You"

Oct 13, 2022

October Meeting in Person & via Zoom with Speaker Dr. Andrew Stillman - "Ecology in Action through Wildfire, Woodpeckers, and Birders Like You"

How do we harness new scientific knowledge and use it as a tool for change? In this program, Dr. Andrew Stillman will share new findings from ongoing research efforts and describe what it means for bird conservation.
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Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant Field Trip - Registration Opens October 8, 2022 at 7:30pm

Oct 15, 2022

Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant Field Trip - Registration Opens October 8, 2022 at 7:30pm

Why a wastewater treatment plant? Open water and a great location mean that this spot appears regularly on fall birding lists. We will drive on the banks of the ponds, getting out wherever the birds are congregating. Discover the great opportunity this spot (and its helpful staff) offers.
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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!

Birding in Rochester

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“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Indigo Bunting - Kendall (RBA field trip) - © Angie Armstrong - May 22, 2022

“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!

Evening Grosbeak (male), Mendon (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: October

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

Bird Friendly Gardening

Bird Friendly Gardening

While not every bird will frequent every backyard, there are many things you can do to make your local patch more attractive to nesting, migrating, and wintering birds no matter if you have 160 acres or a postage-stamp balcony.

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.