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January 2019

Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip

January 26 @ 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 search the Nations Road area, looking for Northern Shrike, hawks, Snow Bunting, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter.

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RBA Young Birder Event: Ducks – Where is the White?

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Home, Call Andrea Patterson (Cell 585-490-5361) for the address
Rochester, NY United States
Redhead, Lesser Scaup, and Bufflehead - Conesus Lake - © Nick Kachala - Apr 09, 2016

Ducks are awesome, and lucky for us, they are abundant in Rochester even in the winter. Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes team with mergansers, scaup, scoter, Long-tailed Ducks, Redheads, Common Goldeneye, and more even on the coldest days.

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February 2019

NEW! Winter Waterfowl and Other Possibilities

February 10 @ 8:30 am
Irondequoit Bay Outlet, 4916 Culver Road
Rochester, NY United States
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Long-tailed Duck - Irondequoit Bay Outlet - © Dick Horsey - Feb 22, 2016

We will meet at Irondequoit Bay Outlet at 8:30 a.m. to look for Long-tailed Ducks, mergansers, scaup and others that may be present.

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RBA Young Birder Event: Bird’s Eye View of Raptors with the Fords

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Home, Call Andrea Patterson (Cell 585-490-5361) for the address
Rochester, NY United States
Cooper's Hawk - Rochester - © Vern Lindberg - Jan 31, 2017

Oftentimes when we’re observing raptors, they are tiny specks a thousand feet overhead. If we’re lucky, we see them perched in a tree or on a light post. This month, we have the opportunity to see Braddock Bay Raptor Research’s educational raptors up close.

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February: Charlie Cowling – “Early 20th Century Upstate New York Photographers Lead the Way in a New Method of ‘Collecting’ Birds in the Field”

February 14 @ 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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Charlie Cowling

Featuring recently salvaged and digitized images from rare glass lantern slides, Charlie Cowling, archivist at SUNY Brockport, will present images of New York birds taken by regional birders in the early 20th century.

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March 2019

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

March 3 @ 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 9 @ 9:00 am
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
Rough-legged Hawk - Burger Park - © Zaphir Shamma - Nov 22, 2015

We will gather at Braddock Bay Park and drive to Hamlin Beach State Park where we will be looking for migrating waterfowl as we work our way back east.

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March: Greg Lawrence – “Restoring Wetlands for Birds: An overview of ongoing wetland restoration projects in the Braddock Bay WMA and how they’ll impact bird communities”

March 14 @ 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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Greg Lawrence

The Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes a series of large barrier beach wetlands on the south shore of Lake Ontario, just northwest of Rochester. A combination of lake-level regulation, introduction of invasive species, increased development on adjacent land, pollution, and other factors led to degradation of these coastal wetlands over the last 100 years.

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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip

March 16 @ 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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RBA Young Birder Event: Field Notes with the Careys

March 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Home, Call Andrea Patterson (Cell 585-490-5361) for the address
Rochester, NY United States
Northern Cardinal - Tinker Nature Park - © Dick Horsey - Dec 13, 2016

The Careys live on the Ganargua Creek in Farmington, and their backyard is a fantastic woodlot filled with wintering birds.

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