Tips for Feeding Wild Birds

Downy Woodpecker (Juv) - Webster - © Peggy Mabb - July 04, 2015 The Democrat and Chronicle recently published an unfortunately misleading article titled "If You're Going to Feed Wildlife, At Least Do it Correctly."  The RBA Board of Directors has written the following letter to the editor, hoping to address several misconceptions contained in the article. To the Editor: Read more...

Upcoming Events

March Meeting via Zoom!: Matt Young - "From Finches to FiRN (the Finch Research Network)"

Mar 11, 2021

March Meeting via Zoom!: Matt Young - "From Finches to FiRN (the Finch Research Network)"

Many area birders have been fortunate and delighted to observe Common Redpolls, as well as a sprinkling of other winter finches this season; colorful visitors from the North.
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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip - Registration Opens March 6, 2021

Mar 13, 2021

Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip - Registration Opens March 6, 2021

This extensive driving tour of the large natural area to our northeast always turns up some great birds! We’ll look for unusual ducks, late winter birds, and interesting migrants like Fox Sparrows.
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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip - Registration Opens March 13, 2021

Mar 20, 2021

Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip - Registration Opens March 13, 2021

We will gather at Braddock Bay Park and drive to Hamlin Beach State Park where we will be looking for migrating waterfowl as we work our way back east.  We will stop at Owl Woods in search of migrating owls. 
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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

Red-necked Grebe - Irondequoit Bay Outlet - © Eunice Thein - Feb 24, 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!

Long-tailed Duck - Irondequoit Bay Outlet - © Angie Armstrong - Jan 31, 2020

Where to Bird this Month: February

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.