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Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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April 27, 2017

Mourning Doves Nesting on Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Welcome to the new Mourning Dove cam! A Mourning Dove pair is nesting within sight of the Pond cam for the second year in a row. It's uncertain exactly how long the doves have been there, but incubation period last two weeks in this species. Here's hoping for a successful nest in 2017! 

April 26, 2017

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. 

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. 

April 27, 2017

Mourning Doves Nesting on Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Welcome to the new Mourning Dove cam! A Mourning Dove pair is nesting within sight of the Pond cam for the second year in a row. It's uncertain exactly how long the doves have been there, but incubation period last two weeks in this species. Here's hoping for a successful nest in 2017! 

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.  

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.