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
For New Birders
As of June 15, 2021 Dear RBA members: It is good news that rates of COVID-19 in Monroe County and the surrounding area have come down substantially and restrictions have been eased! As a result, the Board of Directors and the Field Trip Committee, have updated RBA COVID-19 guidelines, specifically in the Social Distancing and… Read more
With the continuing high rates of COVID-19 in Monroe County and the surrounding area, the Board of Directors, the Field Trip Committee, and the field trip leaders will be making decisions on our upcoming field trips on a monthly basis. The decision to cancel a field trip or to curtail attendance are not made lightly, but rather reflect the NYS guidelines at the time of the trip and also an abundance of caution for our trip leaders and attendees.
With migration largely behind us and breeding season in full swing, it’s time to think about the use of birdsong recordings (commonly called playback) to attract birds in the field. This controversial practice has become more and more commonplace as phone apps put these recordings in the hands of many more birders. Why does anyone… Read more
You might not be aware, but it’s spring! As club president Laura Kammermeier announced in last week’s meeting, the Northern Cardinal has begun to sing. Why’s that a big deal? Because male birds generally sing when they’re looking to attract mates. And, if you’ve ever seen Bambi, you know that that’s spring-business. It doesn’t seem… Read more
When I started birding, I went out and bought a field guide. Several, actually. Here’s my experience with choosing and using them, including an embarrassing story. Go big and go small First, think about your options. There are lots of backyard, feeder, and basic bird guides, some barely more than pamphlets. But why not be optimistic? With… Read more
I may not be a good birder, but I am leagues better than when I started. Based on my first three years, here are six tips for absolute beginners: 1. Put up a bird feeder. Even if your outdoor space is tiny, you can still bribe some urban birds to hang out with you. As… Read more