Important Etiquette for Owling in Winter

Great Horned Owl on nest - Fog Kirkwood Rd. Greece, NY 11-04-07 - Digiscoped Photo © Jay Greenberg Owls are exciting and enigmatic creatures, and a sightings of them are coveted by birders young an old, avid and casual. At least seven species of owls can be seen regularly here in Rochester, including: Eastern Screech Owl Short-eared Owl Northern Saw-whet Owl Great horned Owl Barred Owl Long eared Owl These special creatures are large, intelligent, and they are well aware of your presence and actions. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip - Registration Opens January 15, 2022

Jan 22, 2022

Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip - Registration Opens January 15, 2022

We’ll search the Nations Road area, looking for Northern Shrikes, hawks, Snow Buntings, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter. We’ll be mostly driving, with frequent stops along the road.
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Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip - Registration Opens January 23, 2022

Jan 30, 2022

Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip - Registration Opens January 23, 2022

A driving tour of the farm fields and open lands to the west of Rochester, this trip will search for Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Northern Shrikes, falcons (possible Merlin or Peregrine) and hawks (hoping for Rough Legged and Northern Harriers) in western Monroe and possibly into Orleans County.
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February Meeting via Zoom with Speaker Jennifer Rycenga - "Initiators and Novices: Birders and Community-Science"

Feb 10, 2022

February Meeting via Zoom with Speaker Jennifer Rycenga - "Initiators and Novices: Birders and Community-Science"

Jennifer Rycenga will describe the special skills that birders bring to the community-science world, and the ways that learning about other taxa can help improve your birding skills.
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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

Long-tailed Duck - Braddock Bay East Spit - © Alan Bloom - Nov 19, 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

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.