For New Birders

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:

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Red-headed Woodpecker - Hamlin Beach Park - © Candace Giles - May 30, 2017

With migration largely behind us and breeding season in full swing, it’s time to think about the use of birdsong recordings (commonly called playback) to attract birds in the field. This controversial practice has become more and more commonplace as phone apps put these recordings in the hands of many more birders. Why does anyone… Read more

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Please Wear a Mask! The RBA recommends that birders wear protective masks in the field during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when we are not on organized field trips, birders often congregate closely while viewing birds, especially when there’s a rarity to see. In our excitement over a sighting, it’s easy to forget to maintain social distance.

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RBA and Covid-19 – Updates for May

The RBA is committed to following NYS guidelines and directives regarding social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, all field trips, meetings, and birds-and-brews through the end of May are cancelled, and we anticipate canceling events in June as well.

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Birding and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The RBA is committed to following NYS guidelines and directives regarding social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, all field trips, meetings, and birds-and-brews through the end of April are cancelled, and we anticipate canceling events in May and June as well.

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Come help us count the birds that make their winter homes in Mendon Ponds! For 117 years, adults have counted birds every winter as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count, and now it’s time for kids to join the fun!

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Early Morning Bird Watching and Picnic

Early Morning Bird Watching and Picnic June 25 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am Join Amy Kahn (RBA) and June Summers (GVA) as well as Alexis Van Winkle (Ganondagan) for a 1.5 mile walk through woodlands, shrub, grassland and wetland habitat. Attendees Should Bring/Wear: Clothing appropriate to the weather, extra blankets or pillows if desired… Read more

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For new birders: Listen up for the sounds of spring

Northern Cardinal (male), Pittsford, NY. © Richard Ashworth

You might not be aware, but it’s spring! As club president Laura Kammermeier announced in last week’s meeting, the Northern Cardinal has begun to sing. Why’s that a big deal? Because male birds generally sing when they’re looking to attract mates. And, if you’ve ever seen Bambi, you know that that’s spring-business. It doesn’t seem… Read more

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Beginner birders: Learn from my field guide mistakes

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When I started birding, I went out and bought a field guide. Several, actually. Here’s my experience with choosing and using them, including an embarrassing story. Go big and go small First, think about your options. There are lots of backyard, feeder, and basic bird guides, some barely more than pamphlets. But why not be optimistic? With… Read more

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For New Birders: 6 Tips for Getting Started

I may not be a good birder, but I am leagues better than when I started. Based on my first three years, here are six tips for absolute beginners: 1. Put up a bird feeder. Even if your outdoor space is tiny, you can still bribe some urban birds to hang out with you. As… Read more

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