Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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November 21, 2017

Canada Geese Encircle Island On Sapsucker Woods Pond

Take a tour with a group of Canada Geese as they make circles on the Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam this morning. 

November 16, 2017

Canada Geese Preening On Pond's Edge

Watch over a dozen Canada Geese preen near the water's edge on the Sapsucker Woods Pond cam. 

November 13, 2017

A Morning With Mallards And American Black Ducks

Check out these American Black Ducks and Mallards on the Sapsucker Woods Pond cam this morning! American Black Ducks can be hard to tell apart from the more familiar Mallard, but there are a few quick identifiers to turn to when trying to distinguish these two dabbling ducks. See the iridescent coloring on the bird's speculum (i.e. inner wing patch)? Mallards exhibit a blue patch with white barring along the edges, whereas American Black Ducks show a darker blue to purplish coloration with no white bars. American Black ducks are also darker overall, and males remain drab over the breeding season, forgoing the flashy, green-headed look that male Mallards exhibit. 

November 21, 2017

Canada Geese Encircle Island On Sapsucker Woods Pond

Take a tour with a group of Canada Geese as they make circles on the Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam this morning. 

November 16, 2017

Canada Geese Preening On Pond's Edge

Watch over a dozen Canada Geese preen near the water's edge on the Sapsucker Woods Pond cam. 

November 13, 2017

A Morning With Mallards And American Black Ducks

Check out these American Black Ducks and Mallards on the Sapsucker Woods Pond cam this morning! American Black Ducks can be hard to tell apart from the more familiar Mallard, but there are a few quick identifiers to turn to when trying to distinguish these two dabbling ducks. See the iridescent coloring on the bird's speculum (i.e. inner wing patch)? Mallards exhibit a blue patch with white barring along the edges, whereas American Black Ducks show a darker blue to purplish coloration with no white bars. American Black ducks are also darker overall, and males remain drab over the breeding season, forgoing the flashy, green-headed look that male Mallards exhibit. 

April 26

Sad News About Sweetie the Canada Goose

We are sad to report that Sweetie, the beloved Canada Goose at Sapsucker Woods Pond, died today after complications from a bite injury that he sustained on April 24th. After he was found injured, Sweetie was transported by Victoria Campbell of Wild Things Sanctuary to the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center for immediate treatment. According to the veterinarian on site, Sweetie was not responding to medication and passed away earlier this morning. Sweetie had been previously treated for injuries to his foot in 2015. After a wing injury left him flightless over 10 year ago, the popular Canada Goose became a permanent resident of Sapsucker Woods, where he continued to raise clutches over multiple breeding seasons and remained a year-round fixture on the pond for both visitors and staff. Thanks to Victoria and the Wildlife Health Center for their quick response and expert care. He will be sorely missed. 

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.