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...

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High Acres Nature Area Field Trip - Registration Opens April 10, 2021

Apr 17, 2021

High Acres Nature Area Field Trip - Registration Opens April 10, 2021

Over 130 bird species have been observed at HANA including more than 70 that nest in the diverse habitats found there. During this field trip we expect to see at least 40 species returning to nest or on their way to northern nesting grounds.
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Highland Park Field Trip - Registration Opens April 14, 2021

Apr 21, 2021

Highland Park Field Trip - Registration Opens April 14, 2021

We'll be looking for spring migrants and lovely flora. This walk would be gorgeous even without the birds, but it does have birds in abundance!
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Braddock Bay Hawk Lookout Field Trip - Registration Opens April 18, 2021

Apr 25, 2021

Braddock Bay Hawk Lookout Field Trip - Registration Opens April 18, 2021

This trip is for the spring hawk flight and migrating songbirds.  This is a joint trip with the Buffalo Ornithological Society. 
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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

Eastern Bluebird - Salmon Creek - © Dick Horsey - Mar 27, 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!

Hermit Thrush (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: April

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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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.