Wilson Trail Shelter

Sounds of Sapsucker Woods

Wilson Trail Shelter

Northeast Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Like the previous stop, this is an area where the birds are more easily heard than seen, as they sing from the treetops!

The mature forest around this shelter is a consistent breeding territory for the Red-eyed Vireo, whose short phrases and 1-2 second pauses are repeated for 15-20 minutes at a time, all day long. Meanwhile, American Crows and Barred Owls are occasionally seen here, but it is more common to hear their loud voices in the distance, usually to the south.

Don't be fooled by choruses of loud, repeated chirps! These are not birds, but Eastern Chipmunks, who vocalize during spring courtship, when harassing predators near their burrows, and when loudly encouraging their grown offspring to leave home in the fall.

That's Not a Bird! (Spring & Fall)

Eastern Chipmunk © Matthew D. Medler / Macaulay Library

Breeding Season (Spring & Summer)

Red-eyed Vireo © Taylor Heaton Crisologo / Macaulay Library

Wood Thrush © Martha Fischer / Macaulay Library

Permanent Residents (All Year)

American Crow © Michael Andersen / Macaulay Library

Barred Owl © Geoffrey A. Keller / Macaulay Library

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


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