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January 2019

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

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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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15 - February 18
White-breasted Nuthatch (L) and Downy Woodpecker (R) - Irondequoit - © Candice Giles - Jan 24, 2017

Hi Rochester Birders, let's join in with National Audubon and Cornell Lab and participate in the 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 15 - 18, 2019. GBBC is a fun event that anyone can participate in, from beginning bird watchers to experts.

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March 2019

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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April 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Owl Woods & North Marina

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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Long-eared Owl - Owl Woods - © Dick Horsey - Apr 10, 2017

April is a great time for migrating raptors and passerines, and we’ll take advantage of the timing by taking a walk through the Owl Woods.

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May 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Whiting Road Nature Preserve

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Whiting Road Preserve, 403 Whiting Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Yellow Warbler - Whiting Road Nature Preserve - © Dick Horsey - May 31, 2017

The Whiting Road Nature Preserve is a 240-acre preserve with a variety of habitats ranging from grass fields to mature forest. Passerines are the star attraction in May, and we’ll spend the morning walking the trails in search of migrating warblers.

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June 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Mendon Ponds Park – Quaker Pond Trail

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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Pileated Woodpecker - Mendon Ponds - © Dick Horsey - Jan 25, 2016

The Quaker Pond Trail at Mendon Ponds Park is a 2.7-mile loop that circles a large marshy area and pond. We may pick up lingering migrants, but we’ll be especially on the alert for local nesting birds setting up territories.

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July 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Oatka Creek Park

July 13 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Oatka Creek Park, Quaker Road & Union Street
Garbutt, NY 14546 United States
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Eastern Towhee - Oatka Creek Park - © Jim Adams - June 26, 2016

Woods and meadow provide great habitat for nesting species such as Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Blue-winged Warbler and Field Sparrow. We’ll walk a trail that circulates through forest and field, looking for breeding birds.

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August 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: BIG TRIP!!! Jamaica Bay & Long Island

August 9 - August 11
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Little Blue Heron - Kings Bend Park - © Dick Horsey - May 23, 2017

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a summer birder’s dream! Covering 9,000 acres of salt marsh, mud flats and two large ponds, Jamaica Bay supports breeding populations of more than 70 species including breeding colonies of night herons and other long-legged waders like Snowy Egret and Little Blue Heron, the amazing American Oystercatcher, and neat beach-nesting birds like plovers and terns.

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RBA Young Birder Event: East Spit & Braddocks Island

August 24 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Braddock Bay East Spit, 105 East Manitou Road
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Sanderling (L), Black-bellied Plover, and Baird's Sandpiper (R) - Braddock Bay East Spit Island - © Dick Horsey - Oct 10, 2018

The newly constructed barrier beach off what is known as the East Spit has become a major attraction for migrating shorebirds including a half-dozen sandpipers and both yellowlegs, plus occasional sightings of Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot, and Ruddy Turnstone.

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