Last 30 Days

Launch of “Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

American Tree Sparrow - High Acres Nature Area - © Dick Horsey - November 05, 2014

Attention All Birders and Bird Photographers! What birds have you seen/photographed recently ? This is your site for sharing all those great recent bird photos that are hiding on your computer or, worse yet, are still in your camera from a week ago! Continue reading »

Upcoming Events

Niagara River (NY and Canada) Field Trip

Nov 30, 2014

Niagara River (NY and Canada) Field Trip

We’ll be looking for special gulls and waterfowl. The Niagara River area is famous for the variety and number of gulls in winter. This is a joint trip with the Buffalo Ornithological Society.
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Conesus Lake Area Field Trip

Dec 6, 2014

Conesus Lake Area Field Trip

We’ll be looking for Tundra Swan, Canvasback, Redhead and other waterfowl.
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December: Jeff & Tess Freedman - A Comparison of Birds in sub-Saharan East Africa and Central New York

Dec 11, 2014

December: Jeff & Tess Freedman - A Comparison of Birds in sub-Saharan East Africa and Central New York

Jeff and Tess Freedman have boated extensively on Central New York (CNY) and regional waterways, observing and photographing local birds.
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Common Redpoll, Pittsford, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Where to Bird this Month: November

Will it be a finch winter? A Snowy Owl winter? November usually provides the clues. The first wintry weather arrives, and with it the birds of the season. Ducks, swans, late shorebirds and other migrants continue to move through the area… 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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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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