Global Bird Rescue and the Genesee Valley BirdMappers

Winter Dinner Scheduled January 11th! Come Hungry!

RBA Winter Dinner 2019 © Richard Ashworth

Many cities have a dedicated team of volunteers who walk the downtown streets and sidewalks in the early morning, searching for the unfortunate victims of buildings that are too-well lit and too-well windowed. Rochester now has its own fatal collision monitoring group, and they are eagerly seeking new volunteers. Read more…

Upcoming Events

Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Dec 15, 2019

Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Join us for the 120th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 116th Rochester CBC. If you cannot bird in the field, watch your feeder and phone results to the area leader. We’ll pair new observers with experienced birders.
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RBA Young Birder Event: Christmas Bird Count - Seneca Park

Dec 15, 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Christmas Bird Count - Seneca Park

Participating in a Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition for many birders, and this will be the 116th CBC in Rochester. In a Christmas Bird Count, birders try to count as many birds as possible within a particular “count circle.”
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Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Dec 28, 2019

Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 28th, 2019

This year marks the 120th count nationwide and the 68th count for the area. The count date is Saturday, December 28, 2019. Birds seen during the count week of December 25 to January 2 may be called in to the leaders for inclusion in the tally.
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Birding in Rochester

Plan Your Birding Trip

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

White-winged Scoter - Irondequoit Bay Outlet - © Rosemary Reilly - Nov 03, 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!

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

Where to Bird this Month: December

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

Get Involved

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.