It’s Christmas Bird Count season! We need you!

Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count, Friday Dec 26

Brown Creeper, Pittsford, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

This year marks the 115th Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count nationwide, and the 63rd count for the area. The count date is Friday, December 26, 2014. Continue reading »

Upcoming Events

Durand Eastman Park Year List Jump-Start Field Trip

Jan 1, 2015

Durand Eastman Park Year List Jump-Start Field Trip

Get started on your 2014 list! We’ll look for winter finches, waxwings, and resident birds.
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Annual Winter Dinner Party

Jan 10, 2015

Annual Winter Dinner Party

Come to our Annual Winter Dinner Party at Summerville Presbyterian Church, 4845 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617 at 6:00 PM. To make a reservation, contact Wanda Thistle or call (585) 671-5244 to sign up.
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Beginner Trip: Irondequoit Bay, Lakeshore, and Genesee River Outlet

Jan 17, 2015

Beginner Trip: Irondequoit Bay, Lakeshore, and Genesee River Outlet

In open areas of water, we’ll look for some of the spectacular waterfowl that visit each winter, and with luck even see a few rarities!
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Where to Bird This Month

Short-eared Owl on Posson Road, NY © Melissa Groo -

Where to Bird this Month: December

In the woods, half the fun of winter birding is searching for lingering half-hardy species – birds that we usually expect to move south for the winter.  A few will stay in the area.  Check out any area with open water and food, such as berry-laden bushes and trees, or in areas of weeds and tall grasses. 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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Birder's Gift Shop - Purchases support RBA!

Shop the RBA Gift Shop for bird books, field guides, and eventually, RBA gear. 15% of all Buteo Book proceeds come back to support RBA and the American Birding Association.