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September 18, 2014

Stan Seen Delivering Another Large Fish

Another day, another delivery. No sign of migrating yet for Stan and remaining offspring. 

September 18, 2014

Male Wood Duck Pays a Visit

Male Wood Ducks sure are stunning aren't they? The females in comparison are gray-brown with white-speckled breast. Did you know that the Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times over a mile away? After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury. 

September 18, 2014

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Cedar Waxwings and a Great Blue Heron

Did you know the Cornell Lab of Ornithology logo is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker? Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary was named in 1909 by famed bird artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes upon finding the first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nest in the Ithaca region. About 3 miles from Cornell’s campus, Sapsucker Woods covers 230 acres of forest dominated by red maples, beech, and hickory, including the 10-acre pond that hosts the herons’ nest site. 

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