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

Conesus Lake Area Field Trip - Registration Opens Nov. 28

Dec 5, 2020

Conesus Lake Area Field Trip - Registration Opens Nov. 28

We’ll be looking for Tundra Swans, Canvasback, Redhead and other waterfowl. 
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Beginner Trip: Nations Road - Registration Opens Nov 29!

Dec 6, 2020

Beginner Trip: Nations Road - Registration Opens Nov 29!

Sharpen your skills on wintering hawks and Short-eared Owls.  Other wintering birds such as Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs are often present. 
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January Meeting via Zoom!: Laura Erickson - "The Love Lives of Birds"

Dec 10, 2020

January Meeting via Zoom!: Laura Erickson - "The Love Lives of Birds"

Laura Erickson will talk about how courtship, mating, and parenting vary wildly among different birds, from the lifelong devotion of American Crows to the dalliances of Eastern Bluebirds, from Bald Eagles’ focus on home improvements to the female Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s Rosie the Riveter’s lifestyle.
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Birding in Rochester

Plan Your Birding Trip

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

White-winged Crossbill - Owl Woods - © Eunice Thein - Nov 03, 2020

“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!

Short-eared Owl on Posson Road, NY © Melissa Groo - http://melissagroo.com/

Where to Bird this Month: December

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

Noteworthy Records

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.