Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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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! 

May 18, 2016

A Handful of Goslings

Here's a great clip of a pair of Canada Geese and their 14 fast-growing chicks! Thanks to Cheryl K. for the video. 

May 12, 2016

Mourning Dove nest

A Mourning Dove pair switches incubation duties on their nest in Sapsucker Woods, giving us a glimpse of their pearly white eggs. Thanks to our Pond Cam volunteer cam ops for this great clip! 

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! 

May 18, 2016

A Handful of Goslings

Here's a great clip of a pair of Canada Geese and their 14 fast-growing chicks! Thanks to Cheryl K. for the video. 

May 12, 2016

Mourning Dove nest

A Mourning Dove pair switches incubation duties on their nest in Sapsucker Woods, giving us a glimpse of their pearly white eggs. Thanks to our Pond Cam volunteer cam ops for this great clip! 

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.