North Trailhead

Sounds of Sapsucker Woods

North Trailhead

Ithaca, New York 14882, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


The Wilson Trail comes to an end at the visitor parking lot, surrounded by an eclectic mix of tall native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and borders of mowed lawn with scattered trees.

In summer, Cedar Waxwings and American Robins are drawn to the fruits of the Serviceberry, Red Osier Dogwood, and Multiflora Rose bushes. Listen carefully for the bzeee song of the Cedar Waxwing, which is so high-pitched it can be difficult to hear.

Much harder to miss is the irregular-rhythm drumming of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. A metal-sided shed behind the Lab building, not far from this trailhead, is a favorite extra-loud drumming surface for the sapsuckers in spring.

Breeding Season (Spring & Summer)

Cedar Waxwing © Jay McGowan / Macaulay Library

Eastern Kingbird © Ian Davies / Macaulay Library

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker © Gregory Budney / Macaulay Library

Permanent Residents (All Year)

American Robin © Wil Hershberger / Macaulay Library

Mourning Dove © William R. Fish / Macaulay Library

Northern Cardinal © Gregory Budney / Macaulay Library

This point of interest is part of the tour: Sounds of Sapsucker Woods


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