Celebrating Bill Thompson III

Birding lost a friend last week with the passing of BT3. If you knew him or knew of him, you almost certainly took a moment to reflect in sadness when you heard the news. If the name is unfamiliar, now is the time to be inspired by this incredible life. This month in honor of Bill, be a little kinder, a little funnier, and little more helpful.

Upcoming Events

High Acres Nature Area Field Trip

Apr 20, 2019

High Acres Nature Area Field Trip

Over 130 bird species have been observed at HANA including more than 70 that nest in the diverse habitats found there. During this field trip we expect to see at least 40 species returning to nest or on their way to northern nesting grounds.
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Highland Park Field Trip

Apr 24, 2019

Highland Park Field Trip

We'll be looking for spring migrants and lovely flora. This walk would be gorgeous even without the birds, but it does have birds in abundance!
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Beginner Birder Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots

Apr 27, 2019

Beginner Birder Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots

The shoreline of Lake Ontario is a haven for migrating warblers and other passerines. We’ll look for those early warblers, such as Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, to whet our appetites for the weeks to come.
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Birding in Rochester

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“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Eastern Meadowlark - Braddock Bay Park - © Dick Horsey - Mar 28, 2019

Last 30 Days Gallery – Birds in and around Rochester, NY

The Last 30 Days gallery displays images of birds that have been seen in … you guessed it … the last 30 days. This popular gallery helps keep people informed of what birds are being seen where throughout the seasons. All images submitted by RBA Members. Submissions welcome!

Hermit Thrush (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: April

Durand Eastman Park, with its abundance of cone-bearing trees, orchard and other food supplies, is a prime fall and winter birding spot.  Webster Park also has good stands of conifers and a good view of the lake.  Read more »

Birding Hotspots

Noteworthy Records

The collection of Noteworthy Records tables can be found in the Little Gull Archives. Here, we publish links to the more recent Noteworthy Records and one historical (2004) noteworthy sightings tables.

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Special Features

BirdCast and Migration Conditions

BirdCast 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.

Board of Directors

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Whether you are a new birder or dyed in the wool enthusiast, we’d like you to be involved and help RBA with our goals to 1) Teach 2) create 3) spread and 4) contribute

Young Birders Club

Young Birders ROC!

RBA nurtures young people’s curiosity in birds and helps them take their skills to the next level while offering a fun, safe environment with other teens/preteens to network and bird together.