Birding Opportunities

Bird of Prey Days are coming soon!

Turkey Vulture - Braddock Bay - © Dick Horsey - March 24, 2015

Our friends at Braddock Bay Raptor Research are hosting their annual Bird of Prey Days from April 24-26. This is a well attended event that takes place in Braddock Bay park near the hawkwatch platform. Continue reading »

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Highland Park Field Trip

Apr 29, 2015

Highland Park Field Trip

Looking for spring migrants and lovely flora. This walk would be gorgeous even without the birds, but it does have birds in abundance!
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Lucien Morin Park (formerly Ellison Wetlands) Field Trip

Apr 30, 2015

Lucien Morin Park (formerly Ellison Wetlands) Field Trip

The park has trails through a mixture of habitats attractive to spring migrants. At the end to the trip we will look for the Bald Eagle nest on the Bay.
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Beginner Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots

May 2, 2015

Beginner Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots

Learn the basics of identifying our most colorful migrants on this trip, which will stop at several areas where these birds tend to congregate in spring.
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Where to Bird This Month

Hermit Thrush (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: April

Spring has arrived. On average 170 species are seen this month. The hawk migration reaches its peak, songbirds begin to fill the woods, bitterns and herons arrive in the marshes. 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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