Cornell Lab FeederWatch

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods

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October 10, 2019

The Cornell Feeders Are Streaming In 4K!

The Cornell FeederWatch cam is now streaming with a 4K camera! In addition to providing more clarity, the new cam also has night vision. Keep an eye out for those flying squirrels at night.  

October 02, 2019

American Goldfinches Forage On Rainy Day In Sapsucker Woods

As the rain pours down in Sapsucker Woods, these American Goldfinches find an easy meal at the Cornell Feeders. These small, conical-billed finches have exchanged their electric yellow feathers of the breeding season for their drab, unstreaked brown winter plumages, complete with blackish wings and two pale wingbars. 

September 25, 2019

Gray Catbird Announces Arrival At The Cornell Feeders

Turn up your volume and listen to this Gray Catbird announce its arrival at the feeders. Once you hear the catbird's distinctive mew call, you won't forget it. These relatives of mockingbirds are also known for imitating several species during songs compiled of long, seemingly improvised series of notes. 

October 02, 2019

American Goldfinches Forage On Rainy Day In Sapsucker Woods

As the rain pours down in Sapsucker Woods, these American Goldfinches find an easy meal at the Cornell Feeders. These small, conical-billed finches have exchanged their electric yellow feathers of the breeding season for their drab, unstreaked brown winter plumages, complete with blackish wings and two pale wingbars. 

September 25, 2019

Gray Catbird Announces Arrival At The Cornell Feeders

Turn up your volume and listen to this Gray Catbird announce its arrival at the feeders. Once you hear the catbird's distinctive mew call, you won't forget it. These relatives of mockingbirds are also known for imitating several species during songs compiled of long, seemingly improvised series of notes. 

September 24, 2019

Pileated Woodpecker Pair Snacks On Suet at Cornell Feeders

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers arrive to snack on suet in front of the Cornell FeederWatch cam. These giant forest dwellers are mostly black with white stripes on the face and neck and a flaming-red crest. A red stripe on the cheek to distinguishes males from females.  

October 10

The Cornell Feeders Are Streaming In 4K!

The Cornell FeederWatch cam is now streaming with a 4K camera! In addition to providing more clarity, the new cam also has night vision. Keep an eye out for those flying squirrels at night.  

Commonly Seen Species

American Goldfinch

This handsome little finch is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking. During molts they can look bizarrely patchy. More

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbirds are one of the most abundant birds across North America. Male Red-winged Blackbirds are hard to mistake: glossy black with red-and-yellow shoulder badges. Females are crisply streaked and dark brownish overall, paler on the breast and often show a whitish eyebrow. More

Black-capped Chickadee

A bird almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The chickadee’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside with buffy sides are distinctive. More

Tufted Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse is common in eastern deciduous forests and a frequent visitor to feeders. The large black eyes, small, round bill, and brushy crest gives these birds a quiet but eager expression that matches the way they flit through canopies, hang from twig-ends, and drop in to bird feeders. More

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatches are active little birds often seen foraging upside down. They are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts and a dark cap and neck that frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut. More

Mourning Dove

A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Plump-bodied and long-tailed, with short legs, small bill, and a head that looks particularly small in comparison to the body. They’re delicate brown to buffy-tan overall, with black spots on the wings and black-bordered white tips to the tail feathers. More

Hairy Woodpecker

A medium-sized black and white woodpecker with a fairly square head, a long, straight, chisel-like bill, and stiff, long tail feathers to lean against on tree trunks. The bill is nearly the same length as the head, and males have a flash of red on the back of the head. More

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers are small black and white versions of the classic woodpecker body plan. They have a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. The bill tends to look smaller for the bird’s size than in other woodpeckers. More

Blue Jay

This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Stuffs food items in throat pouch to cache elsewhere; when eating, holds a seed or nut in feet and pecks it open. More

House Finch

House Finches are small-bodied finches with fairly large beaks. Adult males are rosy red around the face, upper breast, and rump, with a streaky brown back, belly and tail. Adult females are plain grayish-brown with thick, blurry streaks and an indistinctly marked face. More

About the Site

This FeederWatch cam, located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is dedicated to Joseph H. Williams, a lifetime friend of the Cornell Lab and Administrative Board member from 1990 to 2018. Perched on the edge of both Sapsucker Woods and its 10-acre pond, these feeders attract both forest species like chickadees and woodpeckers as well as some species that prefer open environments near water like Red-winged Blackbirds.

About the Hosts

The Wild Birds Unlimited store at Sapsucker Woods has been a part of the visitor experience in the Cornell Lab’s Visitor Center ever since the new building opened in 2003. They are the preferred vendor of official Cornell Lab merchandise and offer a dizzying number of feeders, binoculars, and birdwatching-related gear and gifts to make any bird enthusiast happy. WBU has also pledged support for many of the Cornell Lab’s local efforts, including providing the bird feeders and food for this FeederWatch Cam.