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

Conesus Lake Area Field Trip - Registration Opens November 27, 2021

Dec 4, 2021

Conesus Lake Area Field Trip - Registration Opens November 27, 2021

We’ll be looking for Tundra Swans, Canvasback, Redhead and other waterfowl. This trip is a combination of driving, stopping at overlooks and short walks on trails. It is not handicap/wheelchair accessible.
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Beginner Trip: Nations Road - Registration Opens November 28, 2021

Dec 5, 2021

Beginner Trip: Nations Road - Registration Opens November 28, 2021

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. This trip is a combination of driving and viewing at stops along roads.
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December Meeting: Paul Bannick - "Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls"

Dec 9, 2021

December Meeting: Paul Bannick - "Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls"

Join Paul Bannick for a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images from his award-winning and best-selling bird book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats.
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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

Long-tailed Duck - Braddock Bay East Spit - © Alan Bloom - Nov 19, 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!

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

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.