Save the Date now for the 2017 Rochester Warbler Workshop

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Firehouse Woods - © Jeanne Verhulst - May 13, 2016

Save the Date now for the 2017 Rochester Warbler Workshop – More details to follow soon !

April 22, 2017 – Earth Day

Finding & Identifying the Crown Jewels of Spring

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Upcoming Events

Durand Eastman Park & Lakeshore Field Trip

Apr 1, 2017

Durand Eastman Park & Lakeshore Field Trip

We'll begin the morning at Irondequoit Bay Outlet looking for migrant waterfowl and gulls. After a thorough search we will move on to Durand Eastman Park for early migrants or lingering winter visitors.
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Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

Apr 2, 2017

Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis. Long-eared Owl generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding.
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Owl Woods ("Pear Orchard") Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

Apr 7, 2017

Owl Woods ("Pear Orchard") Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

This is an evening trip for woodcock courtship flight. If you’ve never seen this spectacle, prepare to be amazed: birds call noisily from the ground in grassy fields before spiraling rapidly up high, descending back down in a zig-zagging noisy frenzy only to start the cycle anew.
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Where to Bird This Month

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 »

Birding Hotspots

Birding Hotspots Map

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

Eurasian Wigeon - North Ponds Park - © Eunice Thein - Mar 23, 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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Young Birders

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.

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.

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