birds at a feeder in ithaca


More info: Sapsucker Woods at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a 220-acre sanctuary with a 10 acre pond that offers more than four miles of trails for birding or just walking. The diversity of birdlife at Sapsucker Woods diminishes as the spring migration winds down at the end of May, however, the sanctuary is home to a good array of breeding species during the summer months and many resident species throughout the year. Some of the more notable breeding birds are: Wood Duck, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Veery, Wood Thrush, and Scarlet Tanager.

The bird feeders in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden attract both forest bird species like chickadees and woodpeckers as well as some birds that prefer open environments near water like Red-winged Blackbirds.

Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary took its name from the discovery over 100 years ago of the first nesting pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the Cayuga Lake Basin. The birds were discovered by Lab founder Arthur A. Allen and well known avian artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes. So marked the beginning of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s fascinating and unique history that has established its reputation as an internationally known center for the study and appreciation of birds.

Over 200 species of bird can be seen at the sanctuary including rarities like American Bittern, Scarlet Tanager, and many beautiful warblers that migrate there to breed. In addition there are numerous turtles and frogs around the pond, and healthy populations of deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and mink.

The State Bird of New York since 1970, is the eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Video showing Pileated Woodpeckers at the bird feeder:

Additional Information:
  • Common Backyard Birds of the United States - American Bird Conservancy -
  • Getting Acquainted with NYC’s Birds - Bird conservation action -
  • Top Feeder Birds In New York - Lyric Wild Bird Food -
  • 10 Different Species of Woodpeckers in New York (NY) - Bird Adviser -
  • 13 Most Common Birds in New York - Bird Adviser -