Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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August 22, 2016

Great Blue Heron Forages Successfully

This clip shows a Great Blue Heron foraging on the Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam. As it patiently wades next to the shoreline, you can observe it successfully scoop two prey items! 

August 21, 2016

Serene Moment With Great Blue Heron and Kingfisher

Watch and listen closely to this clip. A peaceful morning on the pond exhibits just how patient and still nature can be. Here we have a Belted Kingfisher and Great Blue Heron side by side, before the heron disappears to another area of the pond. 

August 19, 2016

GBH and Juve RTH Perched Closely on Pond Cam

This great clip shows a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, as it flies up to perch on a tree located adjacently to where a Great Blue Heron is resting.  

August 22, 2016

Great Blue Heron Forages Successfully

This clip shows a Great Blue Heron foraging on the Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam. As it patiently wades next to the shoreline, you can observe it successfully scoop two prey items! 

August 21, 2016

Serene Moment With Great Blue Heron and Kingfisher

Watch and listen closely to this clip. A peaceful morning on the pond exhibits just how patient and still nature can be. Here we have a Belted Kingfisher and Great Blue Heron side by side, before the heron disappears to another area of the pond. 

August 19, 2016

GBH and Juve RTH Perched Closely on Pond Cam

This great clip shows a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, as it flies up to perch on a tree located adjacently to where a Great Blue Heron is resting.  

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.