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November 2021

Niagara River Field Trip – Registration Opens November 21, 2021

November 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Niagara River, Old Fort Niagara
Youngstown, NY 14174 United States
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Black-headed Gull, Niagara River (© Dominic Sherony)

Join us on our birding venture along the Niagara River on the US side of the border.  (Due to COVID restrictions and requirements, we will not be crossing into Canada this year.) 

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December 2021

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

December 4, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conesus Lake Area, Vitale Park
Big Tree Road, NY 14480 United States
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Bufflehead - Conesus Lake (RBA Field Trip) - © Dick Horsey - Dec 05, 2015

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

December 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nations Road, 2658-2682 Nations Rd
Avon, NY 14414 United States
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Short-eared Owl - Bloomfield - © Zaphir Shamma - Jan 13, 2016

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”

December 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Paul Bannick

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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Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 19th, 2021

December 19, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Snow Goose - Oatka Creek Park - © Jim Adams - Feb 28, 2016

On Sunday, December 19, 2021 we will conduct the Rochester Christmas Bird Count.    This traditional activity demonstrates our commitment to science and birding. This will be the 118th count in the Rochester area.

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Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 26th, 2021

December 26, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
White-winged Crossbill, Honeoye, NY (© D. Sherony)

This year marks the 122nd count nationwide and the 70th count for the area. The count date is Saturday, December 26, 2021. Birds seen during the count week of December 23 to December 29 may be called in to the leaders for inclusion in the tally.

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January 2022

Irondequoit Bay Outlet & Durand Eastman Park – Year List Jump-Start Field Trip – Registration Opens December 25, 2021

January 1 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Irondequoit Bay Outlet, 5000 Culver Road
Rochester, NY United States
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Cedar Waxwing, Powder Mills Park, Pittsford, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

Get started on your annual list!  We’ll look for winter waterfowl on the Bay, then move to Durand-Eastman Park where we will stroll Log Cabin Road and Zoo Road looking for finches, waxwings, and resident birds.

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Webster Park – Campground Area Field Trip – Registration Opens January 1, 2022

January 8 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Webster Park – Campground Area, 1034 Lake Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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White-winged Crossbill - Owl Woods - © Eunice Thein - Nov 03, 2020

In mature forest and scrubby areas we'll look for overwintering resident birds, lingering migrants such as Hermit Thrush and special winter visitors such as Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, White-winged and Red Crossbills and Bohemian Waxwings.

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Paul Bannick

Annual Meeting and Elections via Zoom with Speaker Paul Bannick – “The Owl and the Woodpecker” – Thursday, January 13, 2022

January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We will have an encore presentation by Paul Bannick, who was so well attended last month that we quickly reached our Zoom capacity and many people could not get in to watch his presentation. This will not be a repeat of his December talk, but a new presentation, “The Owl and the Woodpecker.”

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Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail – Registration Opens January 8, 2022

January 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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Black-capped Chickadee - Mendon Ponds - © Yvonne Mathews - Mar 19, 2017

This trip will be a leisurely winter walk along rolling trails (approx. 1-1/2 miles) featuring some very close looks at our winter passerines!  Bring your binoculars, some sunflower seeds, and your camera!  This is a family-friendly field trip.

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