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Cornell Lab FeederWatch

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods

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December 17, 2014

High Flying Squirrel

Do you think this grey squirrel believes it is a smaller flying squirrel? All the feeders in the feeder garden have squirrel baffles/ guards. To get around these this squirrel launches himself from a cable over 10ft away from the feeder, 10ft or so off the ground and lands on the squirrel proof feeder. It is a constant troubleshooting task trying to lower squirrel activity on the feeders. 

December 17, 2014

Duck Chase

We can see in this video that some aggressive looking chasing is going on between the mallards behind the Cornell Feeders. During nonbreeding season, both males and females engage in threatening, pecking, and brief chasing, on land or water, in feeding flocks, and in disputes over favored resting sites. Overt aggression by males is frequently associated with pair formation and mate defense in wintering flocks and territory defense early in breeding season. On both water and land, the male gives an open-bill threat, rushes at the opponent with head held low, chases by running, and pecks or bites the opponent. Fighting involves breast-to-breast pushing, opponents’ bills pointing down in front; frequently resulting in denuded patches on the males’ breasts during pairing disputes in winter. At high intensities, blows are also struck with wings, and circular fighting may occur, as we can see in this clip. On territory boundaries, evenly matched males rush along flapping over water, side by side. 

December 12, 2014

Mrs. Sweetie

We know we have a lot of Sweetie fans out there so we thought we would tell you a little bit more about Mrs. Sweetie. We think Mrs. Sweetie is a mate of our resident flightless male Canada Goose. She spends time with Sweetie over the winter and early spring. You can see them here to the right of the CornellFeeders. Birder on the Ground Ferris, back in 2011, noticed that Mrs. Sweetie was banded. Ferris took a photograph of the band and contacted the USGS to find out more information about her. According to their records she was banded back in June 2007 as a young gosling in Brooktondale, New York. This makes Mrs. Sweetie just over 7 years old. Her mate has not been banded so we do not know the exact age of Sweetie, but we do know he has been resident at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for at least 7 years. 

December 17, 2014

Duck Chase

We can see in this video that some aggressive looking chasing is going on between the mallards behind the Cornell Feeders. During nonbreeding season, both males and females engage in threatening, pecking, and brief chasing, on land or water, in feeding flocks, and in disputes over favored resting sites. Overt aggression by males is frequently associated with pair formation and mate defense in wintering flocks and territory defense early in breeding season. On both water and land, the male gives an open-bill threat, rushes at the opponent with head held low, chases by running, and pecks or bites the opponent. Fighting involves breast-to-breast pushing, opponents’ bills pointing down in front; frequently resulting in denuded patches on the males’ breasts during pairing disputes in winter. At high intensities, blows are also struck with wings, and circular fighting may occur, as we can see in this clip. On territory boundaries, evenly matched males rush along flapping over water, side by side. 

December 17, 2014

High Flying Squirrel

Do you think this grey squirrel believes it is a smaller flying squirrel? All the feeders in the feeder garden have squirrel baffles/ guards. To get around these this squirrel launches himself from a cable over 10ft away from the feeder, 10ft or so off the ground and lands on the squirrel proof feeder. It is a constant troubleshooting task trying to lower squirrel activity on the feeders. 

December 11, 2014

Sweetie

Many followers of the CornellHerons cam, CornellFeeders cam, and even live streaming Birder on the Ground Ferris, have noticed an often lonely Canada Goose on the pond. He occasionally floats with a group of mallards, but he can also be seen alone, skating on the ice or sleeping next to the patches of open water. This solo Goose goes by the name of ‘Sweetie’ and here is his story… Sweetie is unable to fly due to damage to one of his wings, we do not know how it happened. For many birds this would be the end of the road, but not for our Sweetie. Unbelievably we think Sweetie has been a resident on the pond for over 7 years! If you have ever visited the Cornell Lab of Ornithology you may have met the lovely Mary at the visitor center front desk. Mary is responsible for naming Sweetie. Our lonesome goose is named after a rescued puppy that Mary saved one day and took to a local shelter. For around 6 years Mary has called for Sweetie from the shore just outside the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam garden and sprinkled feed on the ground for him. With the change up of our cameras you can now see Sweetie visit the shore every morning when the Bird Cams team and Mary put out breakfast for the birds. For the keen eyed of you, you may have noticed a second goose in the background of the feeders. This, we believe, is Sweetie’s mate. She is a female banded goose that has been arriving every winter and stays with Sweetie until late spring. We think they may have had one successful nest and raised three young. Sweetie survives the winter by staying close to the Lab, eating food that we throw out for him, as well as foraging in the patch of open water that remains open thanks to a bubbler. Like our Great Blue Heron ‘Dad’ he also appears to get rather territorial over his pond with the return of flocks of geese in the spring. The average lifespan of a Canada Goose is 10-24 years, we know Sweetie is at least 7 years old so he could have a few more years in him yet. Click 'More...' for more photos of Sweetie.  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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