Field Trips are Back!

Field Trips are Back! The RBA held its first field trip since March, on August 1 at Conesus Lake.  We tested out our new COVID-19 guidelines, and everything went great!   Based on the success of this trip, we're thrilled to be able to offer some additional field trips this fall.  Please note that all trips now require pre-registration for all participants. Details on how to register are found on the trip listing on both our website and on facebook. The most important change is that pre-registration for the trip is required for all participants.  Details on how to register are found on the trip listing on both our website and on facebook.  For reference, here is the complete list of our COVID-19 field trip guidelines: 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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December Meeting via Zoom!: Ken Rosenberg - "3 Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It"

Dec 10, 2020

December Meeting via Zoom!: Ken Rosenberg - "3 Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It"

In 2019, a landmark publication in Science documented the loss of 3 billion birds from the North American avifauna over the past 50 years. Lead author Ken Rosenberg will describe the scientific results of this study, the unprecedented attention it received in the media and the public, and efforts over the past year to respond to this loss and bring back the birds.
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Birding in Rochester

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“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!

Common Redpoll, Pittsford, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Where to Bird this Month: November

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.