Local Birding

BIRDING HOTSPOTS

The greater Rochester region and Genesee Valley offer abundant opportunities for bird watching. Our members generally tend to bird the area stretching…

  • as far east as Montezuma NWR for snow geese and shorebirds and Derby Hill for migrating hawks;
  • as far west as Niagara Falls for world class gulling and vagrant seabirds;
  • as far south as Letchworth State Park and other Finger lakes hotspots for passerines and grassland birds;
  • and all along the lakeshore for ducks, geese, owls, and a first-rate warbler migration.

You can view a map of Birding Hotspots here. In total, we have mapped 35 hotspots in the region and each of these can be viewed by RBA members upon logging in to our member area. A total of eight popular spots are shown to non-members.  Join RBA if you’d like to support our efforts and find directions and details on every site.

FIELD TRIPS

Birders may choose from more than 50+ field trips to these destinations all year long. Attendance is free and open to the public. Read this page to find out where to bird this month.

WEATHER AND NEXRAD

Use this handy link to find out weather and migration conditions before you go!

WESTERN NEW YORK RARE BIRD TEXT ALERT SERVICE

This is a free rare bird alert texting service that alerts you, via text, when a rare bird has been sighted in western New York.

LOCAL BIRD SURVEYS

Throughout the seasons, Rochester birders participate in various surveys and monitoring projects. These provide an opportunity to be outside, collect useful data, and do meaningful work with other birders in a fun environment.

REAL-TIME EBIRD DATA

eBird is a real-time, online checklist program which has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Jointly sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution. Click THIS LINK to find a chart of real-time bird sightings from this region. The chart shows recent sightings, checklists, and rarities.