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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

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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Diane Henderson & Lucretia Grosshans: Peru Birding Adventure

Mar 12, 2015

Diane Henderson & Lucretia Grosshans: Peru Birding Adventure

Starting in Lima on the Pacific Coast, long-time RBA members and past RBA officers Diane Henderson and Lucretia Grosshans traveled by planes, trains, vans, taxis, buses, boats and even motorcars. What’s a motorcar? From sea level to 14,000 feet elevation they saw over 500 species of birds in three weeks (July 16 – August 3, 2014).
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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

Mar 14, 2015

Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

Starting at Hamlin Beach State Park we will be looking for migrating waterfowl. We will move to Braddock Bay Hawk Watch in hopes of spotting Rough-legged and Red-shouldered Hawk and eagles.
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Birding in Rochester

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Where to Bird This Month

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.

Check the RBA Calendar of Events

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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What Birds Will I See?

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.