Great Backyard Bird Count

Hi Rochester Birders, let’s join in with National Audubon and Cornell Lab and participate in the twentieth annual Great Backyard Bird Count February 17 – 20, 2017. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a instantaneous snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount. Continue reading »

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Beginner Birder Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

Mar 5, 2017

Beginner Birder 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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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

Mar 11, 2017

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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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip

Mar 18, 2017

Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip

This extensive driving tour of the large natural area to our northeast always turns up some great birds! We’ll look for unusual ducks, late winter birds, and interesting migrants like Fox Sparrow.
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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 »

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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.

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Pileated Woodpecker - Whiting Road Nature Preserve - © Dick Horsey - Feb 24, 2017

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

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!

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If you are a birder between the ages of 10 to 19, or know someone who is, contact us and our Young Birder Ambassador will show you how to get started birding in the Rochester community.

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.

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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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