Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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June 29, 2016

Juvenile Great Blue Heron Catches Catfish

Watch as this juvenile Great Blue Heron catches a large catfish then flies off. 

June 02, 2016

Turtle Laying Eggs

One of our Pond Cam volunteers – Barry R. – caught this Common Snapping Turtle laying her eggs on the bank of Sapsucker Woods Pond today. Snapping turtles can lay anywhere from 25 - 80 eggs at a time! 

May 25, 2016

Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron spent some time on the dead tree in the middle of Sapsucker Woods Pond this morning, preening and breaking branches. With all its toes intact, the heron was *not* the same individual as the male parent on the 2012-2013 Heron Cam who is known to be missing a hallux on one of his feet. Thanks to cam op Barry R. for the great camera work! 

June 29, 2016

Juvenile Great Blue Heron Catches Catfish

Watch as this juvenile Great Blue Heron catches a large catfish then flies off. 

June 02, 2016

Turtle Laying Eggs

One of our Pond Cam volunteers – Barry R. – caught this Common Snapping Turtle laying her eggs on the bank of Sapsucker Woods Pond today. Snapping turtles can lay anywhere from 25 - 80 eggs at a time! 

May 25, 2016

Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron spent some time on the dead tree in the middle of Sapsucker Woods Pond this morning, preening and breaking branches. With all its toes intact, the heron was *not* the same individual as the male parent on the 2012-2013 Heron Cam who is known to be missing a hallux on one of his feet. Thanks to cam op Barry R. for the great camera work! 

This section lists all of the species recently seen in Sapsucker Woods and entered into eBird. The list may take a moment to generate.

Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary earned its name 100 years ago when the first nesting pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the Cayuga Basin were discovered here by Lab founder Arthur A. Allen and noted avian artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Since that fateful discovery in 1909, it has become the home of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a center of discovery for over 100,000 annual visitors. Over 200 species of bird can be seen here, including rarities like American Bittern, Scarlet Tanager, and many of the beautiful warblers that migrate here to breed. In addition, numerous turtles and frogs can be seen around the pond, and healthy populations of deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and mink are also frequently encountered. The special status of Sapsucker Woods has been recognized by the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, designating it a Unique Natural Area.

Sapsucker Woods also hosts the expansive Johnson Visitors’ Center, containing state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits that let you explore the world of birds through sound and video, a stunning collection of avian artwork (including the nation’s largest collection of Fuertes artwork on display), and a two-story glassed-in observatory for viewing the sanctuary and its inhabitants.