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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

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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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

Oct 25, 2014

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

We’ll look for migrant ducks, owls, and various passerines in this “get to know Iroquois in autumn” trip.
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Evening Grosbeak (male), Mendon (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: October

This is the prime time for sparrows, for watching the lake, for picking up the first birds of winter. It is also a good month for wandering rarities… Read more »

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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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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.

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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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