Are you ready for spring birding season?

Are you ready for spring birding season?

Pine Warbler - Buffalo - © Dana Kalir - Apr 16, 2016

New birders and experienced alike can meet up in the field on May Wednesday evenings at 6 pm in the parking lot of the Lakeside Community Church on Long Pond Road. Also on Saturdays 8 – 11 am, the church is providing coffee and snacks (and bathrooms) for birders. Be sure to thank them for this courtesy.
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Norway Road Field Trip

May 27, 2017

Norway Road Field Trip

This unassuming trip usually racks up one of the longest bird lists of the year. From nesting Cerulean Warbler to Purple Martin along the lake, this trip showcases roadside birding in spectacular fashion!
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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

May 28, 2017

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

We will search for Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Cerulean Warbler, and other nesting birds at this local natural treasure. We’ll drive to various spots in the Refuge and take an easy walk along one of the very scenic trails.
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Canadice Lake Field Trip

Jun 3, 2017

Canadice Lake Field Trip

Down the east side of the lake for a variety of nesting passerines, especially warblers and vireos. There will be a short walk at the south end of the lake but mostly we’ll drive-and-park along the shore.
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Where to Bird This Month

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

Where to Bird this Month: May

It doesn’t get any better than this. This is what Rochesterians live for! In fact, more species are reported in May than any other month. On average 68 new species arrive, and 230 are seen overall 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

Wood Thrush - Cobbs Hill - © Dick Horsey - May 21, 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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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.

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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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