Principles of Birding Ethics

Rochester Birding Association reminds all birders to remember that your actions in the field can have repercussions on birds and other birders.  Follow all road rules, stay off private property unless permission is granted, stay on trails or roads, stay far enough away from birds to not affect their behavior.  Your exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with birders and non-birders alike.

Upcoming Events

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

Mar 3, 2019

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 9, 2019

Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

We will gather at Braddock Bay Park and drive to Hamlin Beach State Park where we will be looking for migrating waterfowl as we work our way back east.
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March: Greg Lawrence - "Restoring Wetlands for Birds: An overview of ongoing wetland restoration projects in the Braddock Bay WMA and how they’ll impact bird communities"

Mar 14, 2019

March: Greg Lawrence - "Restoring Wetlands for Birds: An overview of ongoing wetland restoration projects in the Braddock Bay WMA and how they’ll impact bird communities"

The Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes a series of large barrier beach wetlands on the south shore of Lake Ontario, just northwest of Rochester. A combination of lake-level regulation, introduction of invasive species, increased development on adjacent land, pollution, and other factors led to degradation of these coastal wetlands over the last 100 years.
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Birding in Rochester

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“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Virginia Rail - Mendon Ponds Park - © Candace Giles - Jan 25, 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!

Long-tailed Duck. Non-breeding Male with Tail Erect. Irondequoit Bay (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: February

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.