Save the Dates! Christmas Bird Counts 2021

Christmas Bird Count SAVE THE DATES! Rochester Christmas Bird Count Sunday, December 19 Letchworth/Silver Lakes Bird Count Saturday, December 18 Little Lakes Bird Count Saturday, December 26 Citizen Science at its best - Join in the tradition! Details will appear in the November Little Gull! Read more...

Upcoming Events

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip - Registration Opens September 11, 2021

Sep 18, 2021

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip - Registration Opens September 11, 2021

We’ll be looking for waterfowl and migrating shorebirds. Expect to see herons, eagles and possibly falcons. There will be a number of stops during this mostly driving trip.
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Ganondagan State Historic Site - Registration Opens September 18, 2021

Sep 25, 2021

Ganondagan State Historic Site - Registration Opens September 18, 2021

We will look for sparrows in the brush and other migrating birds near the parking area, and then walk about 2 miles round trip on the wide trails through fields, shrubland and woodlands to beautiful overlooks.
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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip - Registration Opens September 19, 2021

Sep 26, 2021

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip - Registration Opens September 19, 2021

We’ll look for migrant ducks and various passerines in this “get to know Iroquois in autumn” trip. This trip is a combination of driving and walking and includes a boardwalk, forest trail, and dirt road. Not wheelchair accessible in the forest trail.
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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

Semipalmated Sandpiper - Braddock Bay East Spit - © Dick Horsey - Aug 15, 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!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Male © Richard Ashworth

Where to Bird this Month: September

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.