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Now asking for: Recent Vagrants and Rarities

Now asking for: Recent Vagrants and Rarities

We invite the Rochester birding community to share images, stories, and relevant details of recently observed vagrants and rare birds.  Our new Recent Vagrants and Rarities page will serve as an index to those recently submitted. Our vision is to catalog these sightings for long-term utility to the birding public. Continue reading »

Upcoming Events

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

Sep 27, 2014

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

We’ll be looking for waterfowl and migrating shorebirds.
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October: Tom McDonald - The Snowy Owls of 13/14: Where it happened, Why it happened, and What we've learned

Oct 9, 2014

October: Tom McDonald - The Snowy Owls of 13/14: Where it happened, Why it happened, and What we've learned

We will be covering the events on the tundra leading up to the massive invasion, including courtship, breeding, and rearing of the owlets.
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Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant Field Trip

Oct 18, 2014

Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant Field Trip

Why a wastewater treatment plant? Open water and a great location mean that this spot appears regularly on the fall birding mailing lists.
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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Male © Richard Ashworth

Where to Bird this Month: September

A bit like May in reverse, this is the height of fall migration.  The woods fill with songbirds, the ponds with ducks, the lake with waterfowl, and the mudflats with shorebirds – all headed south.  September is the peak time to observe fall warblers and vireos, and most of the thrushes. Read more »

Birding Hotspots

Birding Hotspots Map

This map reveals 37 of Rochester’s best birding hotspots, as far west as Tonawanda and Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area and as far east as Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Members can access information for every site. Limited number of sites show for non-members.

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RBA Trips & Events Calendar

Like the birds, the RBA calendar is bursting with activity throughout every season. Every year, we offer 50+ field trips, 9 monthly meetings with excellent speakers, a half a dozen field trips designed for beginners, an annual picnic, and a winter dinner.

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RBA Birding Checklists

Here you can download the RBA Area Checklist which lists species that generally occur in the greater Rochester area. This checklist is periodically reviewed and updated.

NEXRAD and Migration Conditions

NEXRAD and Migration Conditions

NEXRAD is used by avid birders and professional ornithologists to track migratory birds. The blue circles in the image above reflect the density of flocks of birds, bats, or insects.

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.

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Shop the RBA Gift Shop for bird books, field guides, and eventually, RBA gear. 15% of all Buteo Book proceeds come back to support RBA and the American Birding Association.