Sherwood Observation Platform

Sounds of Sapsucker Woods

Sherwood Observation Platform

Ithaca, New York 14882, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


The boardwalk leading to the Sherwood Observation Platform passes over a shallow marsh, densely vegetated with cattails, sedges, and water-tolerant shrubs. This marsh is an excellent place to hear the buzz- and trill-filled phrases of the Song Sparrow, the super-slow trill of the Swamp Sparrow, and the complex improvised songs of the Gray Catbird.

The end of the Observation Platform provides a commanding view of the entire western half of Sapsucker Woods Pond. This side of the pond is only a few feet deep, shallow enough for the Great Blue Heron to wade through. This normally silent hunter can occasionally surprise you with a harsh, deep croak or grunt. Keep an ear out for the chattering laughter of the Belted Kingfisher, too, who perches in the branches of dead trees in the middle of the pond.

Breeding Season (Spring & Summer)

Belted Kingfisher © Wil Hershberger / Macaulay Library

Great Blue Heron © Paul Marvin / Macaulay Library

Song Sparrow © Marky Mutchler / Macaulay Library

Swamp Sparrow © Jay McGowan / Macaulay Library

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


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