Field Trips are Back!

Field Trips are Back! The RBA held its first field trip since March, on August 1 at Conesus Lake.  We tested out our new COVID-19 guidelines, and everything went great!   Based on the success of this trip, we're thrilled to be able to offer some additional field trips this fall.  Please note that all trips now require pre-registration for all participants. Details on how to register are found on the trip listing on both our website and on facebook. 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

Ganondagan State Historic Site - Registration Open Sept 19

Sep 26, 2020

Ganondagan State Historic Site - Registration Open Sept 19

We will look for sparrows in the brush and other migrating birds near the parking area, and then walk about 2 miles round trip on the Seneca Trail beside fields and in the woods along Trout Brook. 
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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip - Registration Open Sept 20

Sep 27, 2020

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip - Registration Open Sept 20

We’ll look for migrant ducks and various passerines in this “get to know Iroquois in autumn” trip. 
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Whiting Road Nature Preserve - Registration Opens Sept. 26!

Oct 3, 2020

Whiting Road Nature Preserve - Registration Opens Sept. 26!

This preserve includes about 240 acres of land that is made up of a variety of birding habitats.  This results in decent birding lists throughout the year.  The trails are well marked and maintained.
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Birding in Rochester

Plan Your Birding Trip

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Lesser Yellowlegs - Braddock Bay East Spit - © Dick Horsey - Aug 19, 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-bellied Sapsucker - Male © Richard Ashworth

Where to Bird this Month: September

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.