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For New Birders: 6 Tips for Getting Started

Birding at Plum Island, Massachusetts © Liz Goodfellow

I may not be a good birder, but I am leagues better than when I started. Based on my first three years, here are six tips for absolute beginners: 1. Continue reading »

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Beginner Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

Mar 29, 2015

Beginner Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis. Long-eared Owl generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding.
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Marie Read: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin

Apr 9, 2015

Marie Read: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin

Nationally known bird photographer, Marie Read, takes us on a journey exploring the birdlife of the Mono Lake Basin. Marie’s stunning photography, featured in her recently released book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin, reveals the fascinating lives of the birds that breed or migrate through this spectacular birding hotspot.
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Owl Woods Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

Apr 10, 2015

Owl Woods Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

An evening trip for woodcock courtship flight. If you’ve never seen this spectacle, prepare to be amazed: birds call noisily from the ground in grassy fields before spiraling rapidly up high, descending back down in a zig-zagging noisy frenzy only to start the cycle anew.
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Fox Sparrow, Taiga Race. Mendon Ponds Park 13-04-14 (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: March

Who knows what the weather will bring? We’ll see what March is like soon.  On average 120 species are seen 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.

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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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