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Cornell Lab FeederWatch

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods

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November 24, 2014

New Cam Installed!

Our #cornellfeeders are now broadcasting LIVE from a new cam! The cam is now the same cam used on the Ontario FeederWatch Cam: an Axis Q1604e. Click 'More...' for further details about the camera. More...

November 21, 2014

Baffled Squirrel

The WBU Eliminator Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder is put to the test. We recently made some alterations to the feeder set up; moving the squirrel proof bird feeder away from the feeder platform and it seems to have done the trick. The squirrels are no longer able to hold up the bar to get to the seed, they now have to lean on it and by doing so they lower the mechanism which covers the feeder holes, preventing the squirrel from getting to the food. Click 'More...' for the product details.  More...

November 09, 2014

House Finches and American Goldfinches

Finches are common visitors to many yards and bird feeders, but they can be a challenge to identify. Click 'More...' to download our six-page tip sheet to help you through the ID process based on: where you are, size and shape, and color pattern. More...

November 21, 2014

Baffled Squirrel

The WBU Eliminator Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder is put to the test. We recently made some alterations to the feeder set up; moving the squirrel proof bird feeder away from the feeder platform and it seems to have done the trick. The squirrels are no longer able to hold up the bar to get to the seed, they now have to lean on it and by doing so they lower the mechanism which covers the feeder holes, preventing the squirrel from getting to the food. Click 'More...' for the product details.  More...

November 09, 2014

Carolina Wren Chases Away Black-capped Chickadee

The Carolina Wren may be small but is certainly fast. Check out this very quick interaction with a foraging chickadee. While aggressive behavior from Wrens is not uncommon, you have to be quick to see it. Their speed makes it difficult to follow and interpret their actions. On this occasion the Wren is hidden from the chickadee until it rushes out quickly, displacing the bird from the feeder with its bill pointed in the direction of the intruder. More...

November 09, 2014

Can You Tell the Difference Between a Downy and a Hairy?

Click 'More...' for some handy tips, to help you tell the difference between a Downy and a Hairy Woodpecker. In this clip we see a Downy Woodpecker on the fixed suet feeder on the bottom of the picture, a Hairy Woodpecker is on the hanging suet feeder above. You can clearly see the difference in size. Both Woodpeckers in the clip are female as they lack the red feathers at the rear of the crown. Did you know male Hairy Woodpeckers have black dividing the red on the back of their heads and Downy Woodpecker males do not? More...

November 24

New Cam Installed!

Our #cornellfeeders are now broadcasting LIVE from a new cam! The cam is now the same cam used on the Ontario FeederWatch Cam: an Axis Q1604e. Click 'More...' for further details about the camera. More...

October 23

FeederWatch Cam Wallpaper

Check out our new FeederWatch Cam wallpaper, illustrated by artist Anna Rettberg, and featuring nine species from our two cams! Download your own copy at http://bit.ly/feederwatchcam_wallpaper or click 'More...' for the link. The species featured in the wallpaper are: top left- Rose-breasted Grosbeak, middle left- American Goldfinch, bottom left- Northern Cardinal, on the feeder, top- White-breasted Nuthatch, middle- Hairy Woodpecker and bottom- Black-capped Chickadee and on the top right- Evening Grosbeak, middle right- Common Redpoll, bottom right- Gray Jay.  More...

October 16

Move to New Livestream

We have now moved the Cornell Lab FeederWatch Cam to New Livestream from Original Livestream which means we have a new DVR function where you can scroll back in time within recordings and watch anything you missed. Just hover your cursor over the video. 

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 is located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 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.

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