Sapsucker Woods Pond Cam

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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April 24, 2018

Great Blue Heron Hunts Fish In Back Pond Area

As a squirrel runs along the pond's edge, a Great Blue Heron successfully strikes its breakfast in the shallows of the Sapsucker Woods Pond. 

April 11, 2018

Female Redhead Duck Diving On Pond Cam

A female Redhead Duck makes consecutive dives in the Sapsucker Woods Pond. Redheads usually dive for their food, although they use shallower water than other diving ducks and may feed by tipping up, like a dabbling duck. 

January 19, 2018

Ducks Take A Dip In Sapsucker Woods Pond Swimming Hole

Watch Mallards and American Black Ducks make their way in and out of the only open swimming hole on Sapsucker Woods Pond. 

April 24, 2018

Great Blue Heron Hunts Fish In Back Pond Area

As a squirrel runs along the pond's edge, a Great Blue Heron successfully strikes its breakfast in the shallows of the Sapsucker Woods Pond. 

April 11, 2018

Female Redhead Duck Diving On Pond Cam

A female Redhead Duck makes consecutive dives in the Sapsucker Woods Pond. Redheads usually dive for their food, although they use shallower water than other diving ducks and may feed by tipping up, like a dabbling duck. 

January 19, 2018

Ducks Take A Dip In Sapsucker Woods Pond Swimming Hole

Watch Mallards and American Black Ducks make their way in and out of the only open swimming hole on Sapsucker Woods Pond. 

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.