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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 »

Upcoming Events

Avon and Lima Rural Field Trip

Feb 1, 2015

Avon and Lima Rural Field Trip

We’ll revisit the Nations Road area to look for Northern Shrike, hawks, Snow Bunting, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter.
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February: Brett Ewald - Feathered Jewels - The Birds of Southeastern Arizona

Feb 12, 2015

February: Brett Ewald - Feathered Jewels - The Birds of Southeastern Arizona

Southeastern Arizona is often considered the premier birding location in North America, with over 200 breeding species and a checklist of over 475 species. Join us for a virtual trek through desert scrubland, riparian canyons, and forested mountain ridges in our quest for this region’s special birds.
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Beginner Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

Mar 8, 2015

Beginner Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

Warmer weather is on its way and with it, bird activity picks up. We’ll check water for ducks, fields for inland birds, and watch the skies for raptors as well.
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Where to Bird This Month

Harlequin Ducks, Pultneyville (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: January

Lake Ontario across from the Van Lare Treatment Plant in Irondequoit is a good spot to look for Little Gull. Sodus Bay and Conesus Lake usually have good numbers of waterfowl as long as there is open water and not too many hunters. Lake Ontario can also produce a King Eider or Harlequin Duck. 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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RBA Trips & Events Calendar

Like the birds, the RBA calendar is bursting with activity throughout every season. Every year, we offer 50+ field trips, 9 monthly meetings with excellent speakers, a half a dozen field trips designed for beginners, an annual picnic, and a winter dinner.

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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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