Last opportunity to give feedback on the Heritage Wind Project

Now is the last time to comment and express your concern for the proximity of this project to Iroquois and Oak Orchard Wildlife Refuges. The birding community can have a substantial role in highlighting wildlife concerns for large projects such as this. If enough people comment it is possible that ORES will decide a Hearing is needed to clarify project impacts on birds. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Barnhart's Camp and Keeney Swamp Field Trip - Registration Opens June 20, 2021

Jun 27, 2021

Barnhart's Camp and Keeney Swamp Field Trip - Registration Opens June 20, 2021

We will be birding as we drive (and stop) throughout the diverse landscapes of Northern Allegany County, 20 minutes south of Letchworth State Park. Grassland, woodland, pond and swampland species such as Prairie and Mourning Warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, Pied-billed Grebes, and maybe a bittern or two should be seen.
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Conesus Inlet State WMA Field Trip - Registration Opens July 24, 2021

Jul 31, 2021

Conesus Inlet State WMA Field Trip - Registration Opens July 24, 2021

Explore this expansive wetland for Virginia Rails and Wood Duck families.  We’ve seen eagles on a reliable basis, Cliff Swallows and more. 
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Beginner Trip: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge - Registration Opens August 1, 2021

Aug 8, 2021

Beginner Trip: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge - Registration Opens August 1, 2021

Learn more about the fall migration of shorebirds in this nearby birding treasure. We’ll visit key spots you’ll want to revisit again and again! There will be a number of stops during this mostly driving trip. Bring binoculars. Restrooms may not be available at the Visitor Center.
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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

Plan Your Birding Trip

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Yellow Warbler - Braddock Bay East Spit - © Dick Horsey - Jun 04, 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!

American Redstart on nest © Chuck Schleigh

Where to Bird this Month: June

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.