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Registration begins at 7:30 p.m. on January 22, 2023, and ends at 1:00 p.m. on January 28, 2023.

A driving tour of the farm fields and open lands to the west of Rochester, this trip will search for Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Northern Shrikes, falcons (possible Merlin or Peregrine) and hawks (hoping for Rough Legged and Northern Harriers) in western Monroe and possibly into Orleans County. Dress warmly in layers; bring snacks (lunch if you wish to continue on into the early afternoon with us) and a thermos filled with a warm beverage.

We will drive along back-country roads for a few hours, stopping where we see bird activity. No restrooms available until we reach Hamlin Beach SP.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Braddock Bay Park main parking lot. Use the East Manitou Road exit from the Ontario State Parkway. Plan on coordinating carpooling, if possible, as this is a driving tour. Fewer cars are better as we pull over on roads potentially with snowbanks. Bring your own FRS radios and spotting scopes, if you have them.

Leader: Lynn Bergmeyer 585-576-0422 and co-leader Robert Buckert 585-269-4206


2023 RBA Guidelines for Field Trips

RBA field trips will abide by CDC (or NYS) health guidelines that might be in effect at the time of the field trip.  By registering for a field trip you are agreeing that you will also abide by those guidelines. CDC recommendations related to COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html. NYS recommendations related to COVID-19 can be found here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/isolation


  • Scope use/sharing is allowed.
  • You are encouraged to keep hand sanitizer with you.


  • The RBA will continue with advance registration through Eventbrite for all field trips.
  • Registration opens at 7:30 p.m. seven days before the trip date.
  • Registration closes at 1:00 p.m. the day before the trip.
  • Capacity limits have been greatly expanded but will be determined on a trip-by-trip basis with input from leaders (or if there are NYS mandates).
  • If you are not able to attend, we encourage you to cancel your reservation before 1:00 p.m. the day before the trip to make room for others.


Canceling is done through your Eventbrite confirmation email.

Waive and Release from Liability: By registering for this field trip you acknowledge that you assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event, including potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. You further release, absolve, hold harmless, defend and indemnify the Rochester Birding Association, Inc. and all individually named organizers, leaders, and participants of the event. In case of injury, you hereby waive all claims against all organizers, leaders, and participants.

Photo/Video Waiver: If you do not consent to have your image used by the RBA in the manner next described, please check the appropriate box on the registration form. Otherwise, by registering for this field trip you hereby grant permission to the Rochester Birding Association to take and publish photos or videos of you in connection with the event listed above, with or without your name and for any lawful purpose including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content.

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