To Feed Or Not to Feed: What to Do about Avian Flu?

Northern Flicker on Feeder © Nic Minetor Bulletin: April 26, 2022—Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu (HPAI) is giving a lot of poultry farmers headaches this spring, whether they run huge operations or just raise a few chickens and ducks in their backyards. A few cases of this deadly flu have been identified in New York State, though none of them are in the greater Rochester area. Read more...

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Conesus Inlet State WMA Field Trip - Registration Opens July 23, 2022

Jul 30, 2022

Conesus Inlet State WMA Field Trip - Registration Opens July 23, 2022

Explore this expansive wetland for Virginia Rails and Wood Duck families. We’ve seen eagles on a reliable basis, Cliff Swallows and more.
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Beginner Trip: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge - Registration Opens July 31, 2022

Aug 7, 2022

Beginner Trip: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge - Registration Opens July 31, 2022

Learn more about the fall migration of shorebirds in this nearby birding treasure. We’ll visit key spots you’ll want to revisit again and again! There will be a number of stops during this mostly driving trip. Restrooms may be available at the Visitor Center.
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New! Braddock Bay East Spit Field Trip, a Field Trip for Young Birders - Registration Opens August 13, 2022

Aug 20, 2022

New! Braddock Bay East Spit Field Trip, a Field Trip for Young Birders - Registration Opens August 13, 2022

This trip is open to young birders ages 8 to18 accompanied by a parent. The East Spit of Braddock Bay is a well-known spot for migrating shorebirds in late summer.  Herons, eagles, Osprey and early warbler migrants are also possible. 
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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

Indigo Bunting - Kendall (RBA field trip) - © Angie Armstrong - May 22, 2022

“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!

American Redstart on nest © Chuck Schleigh

Where to Bird this Month: June

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.