What’s so great about Braddock Bay? – by Luke Tiller

Braddock Bay – by Luke Tiller

This spring at Braddock Bay Raptor Research’s Bird of Prey Days I gave a talk that covered, among many other things, my love of the region and how lucky Rochester area birders in general are. To follow up on that I wanted to jot a few thoughts down on that very issue. Continue reading »

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November: Dr. Christopher Norment - "At the Edge of the Arctic: Ornithological Research in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska"

Nov 10, 2016

November: Dr. Christopher Norment - "At the Edge of the Arctic: Ornithological Research in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska"

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Durand Eastman Park Field Trip

Nov 13, 2016

Durand Eastman Park Field Trip

Waxwings, winter finches, and lingering migrants are possible as well as Snowy Owl. We may visit Irondequoit Bay to look for waterfowl.
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Afternoon Owl Trek Field Trip

Nov 25, 2016

Afternoon Owl Trek Field Trip

By the day after Thanksgiving, wintering owls may have returned to the area while our resident owls remain close to their home turf. We’ll be looking for Eastern Screech-, Great Horned, Snowy and Short-eared Owl primarily in this trip that may involve driving between counties to get to where the owls are!
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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 »

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Winter Wren - Durand Eastman Park - © Eunice Thein - Oct 23, 2016

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