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

Durand Eastman Park Field Trip - Registration Opens October 23, 2021

Oct 30, 2021

Durand Eastman Park Field Trip - Registration Opens October 23, 2021

Waxwings, winter finches, and lingering migrants are possible.  We may visit Irondequoit Bay to look for waterfowl. 
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November Meeting: Jared Clarke - "Birds of Newfoundland & Labrador: Perched on the Edge of North America"

Nov 11, 2021

November Meeting: Jared Clarke - "Birds of Newfoundland & Labrador: Perched on the Edge of North America"

Jared Clarke, expert birder, will entice us to this boreal paradise with a tour of his home province and the many birds that inhabit it. Don’t miss it!
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Niagara River Field Trip - Registration Opens November 21, 2021

Nov 28, 2021

Niagara River Field Trip - Registration Opens November 21, 2021

Join us on our birding venture along the Niagara River in both the US and Canada. We will start at Lake Ontario and work our way south to the Falls. Our focus will be on waterfowl and gulls, including Bonaparte’s Gull and Little Gull, with possible late migrating Common Tern, with additional stops for Red-headed Woodpecker, Black Vulture and late migrating passerines.
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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

Wilson's Snipe - Braddock Bay East Spit - © Alan Bloom - Oct 02, 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!

Evening Grosbeak (male), Mendon (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: October

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.