Wilson & Severinghaus Trail Junction

Sounds of Sapsucker Woods

Wilson & Severinghaus Trail Junction

Northeast Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


In breeding season, this mature forest is a reliable spot to hear several distinctive, easy-to-recognize songs. Keep an ear out for the strident teacher-teacher-teacher! of the male Ovenbird, who loudly claims a territory at this trail junction every spring.

But, good luck trying to see the singers! The species common in this spot sing from the leafy upper branches of the trees, high overhead. Those who come down to the ground in search of food, such as the Ovenbird and the Wood Thrush, are well camouflaged and remain quiet while foraging, always returning to their hidden perches in the canopy to sing.

Just Passing Through (Spring & Fall Migration)

Black-throated Green Warbler © Brad Walker / Macaulay Library

Breeding Season (Spring & Summer)

Ovenbird © Daniela Souza / Macaulay Library

Scarlet Tanager © Martha Fischer / Macaulay Library

Veery © Roselvy Juárez / Macaulay Library

Wood Thrush © Martha Fischer / Macaulay Library

Permanent Residents (All Year)

Turfted Titmouse © Malinda Chapman / Macaulay Library

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


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