Field Trips are Back—tentatively!

Field Trips are Back—tentatively! The RBA will resume its field trip schedule on a trial basis through August, with new policies and procedures in place to protect the safety of participants and to ensure compliance with NYS guidelines. The most important change is that pre-registration for the trip is required for all participants.  Details on how to register are found on the trip listing on both our website and on facebook.  For reference, here is the complete list of our COVID-19 field trip guidelines: Read more...

Upcoming Events

***CANCELLED*** Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

Aug 23, 2020

***CANCELLED*** Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

We’ll be looking for waterfowl and migrating shorebirds. Expect to see herons, eagles and possibly falcons.
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Beginner Trip: Charlotte & Turning Point Park - Registration Opening Soon

Sep 5, 2020

Beginner Trip: Charlotte & Turning Point Park - Registration Opening Soon

We’ll be looking for shorebirds, warblers, and other fall migrants along the river and lakeshore.  At Charlotte Beach, we’ll look for gulls in many plumages and some shorebirds, too.  At Turning Point Park, we will look for the usual suspects and fall migrants. 
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September Meeting: Jean Iron - "The Nature of Arctic Birds "

Sep 10, 2020

September Meeting: Jean Iron - "The Nature of Arctic Birds "

Arctic birds have a special attraction for birders and are amongst our most sought-after species. In this presentation, Jean will take us north to look at birds whose exceptional endurance and lifestyle are determined by the relentless forces of nature.
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Birding in Rochester

Plan Your Birding Trip

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Red-headed Woodpecker - Hamlin Beach State Park - © Dick Horsey - Jul 12, 2020

“Last 30 Days” Photo 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!

Yellow Warbler, Pittsford, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Where to Bird this Month: August

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

NY Breeding Bird Atlas

NY Breeding Bird Atlas

If you ever watch birds in New York, you can be a part of the Breeding Bird Atlas! Whenever you go birding—be it in your backyard, at your summer camp, or in your favorite park—every sighting counts!

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.