Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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April 11, 2017

Great Blue Heron Catches Fish on Pond Cam

Watch a Great Blue Heron catch an afternoon snack on the Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam. This bird isn't playing with its food; herons often take fish ashore before spearing and/or shaking their prey in an attempt to relax the spine for easier swallowing. 

March 29, 2017

Great Egret Highlights a List of New Arrivals on the Pond

Spring has sprung, and many new visitors have been spotted in the Sapsucker Woods Pond area in the past few days. This morning alone, pairs of Woods Ducks and Ring-necked Ducks, a Peregrine Falcon, and this Great Egret were all seen in the area, giving us plenty to observe. Here, the egret's reflection shimmers in the pond's waters as it patiently stalks its prey. Watch until the end to see this particular pelicaniforme's impressive wingspan, which generally measures between 4.5 – 5 ft.  

March 08, 2017

Mild Morning on the Pond

Experience the sights, sounds, and spring feelings this morning on the Sapsucker Woods Pond as two geese leisurely swim by. 

April 11, 2017

Great Blue Heron Catches Fish on Pond Cam

Watch a Great Blue Heron catch an afternoon snack on the Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam. This bird isn't playing with its food; herons often take fish ashore before spearing and/or shaking their prey in an attempt to relax the spine for easier swallowing. 

March 29, 2017

Great Egret Highlights a List of New Arrivals on the Pond

Spring has sprung, and many new visitors have been spotted in the Sapsucker Woods Pond area in the past few days. This morning alone, pairs of Woods Ducks and Ring-necked Ducks, a Peregrine Falcon, and this Great Egret were all seen in the area, giving us plenty to observe. Here, the egret's reflection shimmers in the pond's waters as it patiently stalks its prey. Watch until the end to see this particular pelicaniforme's impressive wingspan, which generally measures between 4.5 – 5 ft.  

March 08, 2017

Mild Morning on the Pond

Experience the sights, sounds, and spring feelings this morning on the Sapsucker Woods Pond as two geese leisurely swim by. 

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.