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The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America

The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America

With The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of Eastern Northern America, Bill Thompson helped spawn a new generation of bird watchers and created the ideal field guide for children and beginning birders alike. Now, he has expanded the scope of that guide to cover the entirety of North America (north of Mexico). Retaining the same visually appealing design, this expanded guide has 100 additional species that inhabit western North America. Continue reading »

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Norway Road Field Trip

May 30, 2015

Norway Road Field Trip

This unassuming trip usually racks up one of the longest bird lists of the year. From nesting Cerulean Warbler to Purple Martin along the lake, this trip showcases roadside birding in spectacular fashion!
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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

May 31, 2015

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

We will search for Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Cerulean Warbler, and other nesting birds at this local natural treasure. We’ll drive to various spots in the Refuge and take an easy walk along one of the very scenic trails.
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Canadice Lake Field Trip

Jun 6, 2015

Canadice Lake Field Trip

Down the east side of the lake for a variety of nesting passerines, especially warblers and vireos. There will be a short walk at the south end of the lake but mostly we’ll drive-and-park along the shore.
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Where to Bird This Month

Bobolink (male), Burger Park. (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: May

It doesn’t get any better than this. This is what Rochesterians live for! In fact, more species are reported in May than any other month. On average 68 new species arrive, and 230 are seen overall this month… 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.

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Canada Goose - LaSalle Park - © Dick Horsey - April 15, 2015

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

The Last 30 Days gallery displays images of birds that have been seen in … you guessed it … the last 30 days. This popular gallery helps keep people informed of what birds are being seen where throughout the seasons. All images submitted by RBA Members. Submissions welcome!

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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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