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

Manitou Beach Preserve Field Trip

May 19, 2019

Manitou Beach Preserve Field Trip

Our trip to this lakeside treasure should rack up good numbers of warblers, flycatchers, and other spring arrivals. Owned by the Genesee Land Trust, the Manitou Beach Preserve consists of 5 acres of field and hedgerow, shrub, and cattail wetlands extending into Braddock Bay.
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Oatka Creek Park Field Trip

May 21, 2019

Oatka Creek Park Field Trip

Woods and meadow provide great habitat for nesting species such as Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Blue-winged Warbler, and Field Sparrow.
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Warbler Wednesdays

May 22, 2019

Warbler Wednesdays

Whether you're a new or aspiring birder who wants help finding and identifying the most colorful birds of spring, or an experienced birder who is looking for a quick trip on the way home from work, Warbler Wednesdays are a perfect respite for busy people.
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Birding in Rochester

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“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Durand Eastman Park - © Candace Giles - Apr 23, 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!

Bobolink (male), Burger Park. (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: May

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.