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January 2018

Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail

January 20 @ 9:30 am
Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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Black-capped Chickadee - Mendon Ponds - © Yvonne Mathews - Mar 19, 2017

This trip will be a leisurely winter walk featuring some very close looks at our winter passerines!

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Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip

January 27 @ 3:00 pm
Nations Road, 2658-2682 Nations Rd
Avon, NY 14414 United States
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Snow Bunting - Avon - © Eunice Thein - Mar 17, 2017

We’ll revisit the Nations Road area to look for Northern Shrike, hawks, Snow Bunting, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter.

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January RBA – Young Birder Event – Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Home, Call Andrea Patterson (Cell 585-490-5361) for the address
Rochester, NY United States
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Lapland Longspur - Hamlin - © Dana Kalir - Jan 22, 2016

This month, we'll be meeting the Carey home for an afternoon of fun. The Carey's live on the Ganargua Creek in Farmington, and their backyard is a fantastic woodlot filled with wintering birds.

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February 2018

February: Andrea Patterson – “What’s In a Name?”

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Clover Center of the Arts and Spirituality/The Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Andrea Patterson at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Why is an Orange-crowned Warbler called by this name when only a tiny bit of orange--rarely seen--exists on its head? Why is a Robin called a Robin when it is in the Thrush family? Come find out when Andrea presents results of her research at the February 8, 2018, Rochester Birding Association monthly meeting.

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March 2018

Beginner Birder Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

March 4 @ 8:30 am
Charlotte / Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Park, 4800 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613 United States
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Redhead - Charlotte Pier - © Dick Horsey - Jan 22, 2016

Warmer weather is on its way and with it, bird activity picks up. We’ll check water for ducks, fields for inland birds, and watch the skies for raptors as well.

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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

March 10 @ 9:00 am
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
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Rough-legged Hawk - Burger Park - © Zaphir Shamma - Nov 22, 2015

Starting at Hamlin Beach State Park we will be looking for migrating waterfowl. We will move to Braddock Bay Hawk Watch in hopes of spotting Rough-legged and Red-shouldered Hawk and eagles.

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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip

March 17 @ 7:30 am
Lakeshore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area, Broadway Road
North Wolcott, NY United States
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Fox Sparrow - Perinton - © Shelley Patterson - Apr 03, 2016

This extensive driving tour of the large natural area to our northeast always turns up some great birds! We’ll look for unusual ducks, late winter birds, and interesting migrants like Fox Sparrow.

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March RBA – Young Birder Event – Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Home, Call Andrea Patterson (Cell 585-490-5361) for the address
Rochester, NY United States
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Snow Goose - Hamlin - © Dick Horsey - Mar 19, 2017

The weather is always unpredictable in March, so we'll be spending most of our meeting indoors at the home of the Kunz family, who lives right on the lakeshore. We can watch gulls and ducks from their enormous windows, and we can play birding games in the comfort of a warm house.

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Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

March 25 @ 7:30 am
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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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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April 2018

Owl Woods (“Pear Orchard”) Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

April 20 @ 7:00 pm
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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American Woodcock - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Jul 26, 2016

This will be 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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