Sapsucker Woods & Robins

One of the great resources associated with living in Ithaca is access to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the surrounding property, Sapsucker Woods.  The Lab is one of the premier labs in the world dedicated to the study of birds.  Sapsucker Woods is a series of trails on the land surrounding the lab that provide one of the areas top birding spots throughout the year and a great location for various studies conducted by the lab.  This facility was one of the reasons I was so excited about moving here.

This evening, Carrie and I spent an hour or so at Sapsucker Woods and had a nice short walk along a section of the Wilson Trail.  It was a beautiful evening and we had both spent the day sitting in front of computers so it was great to get out.  It also gave us a chance to play with my new video camera a bit, which was a lot of fun.  Stay tuned for some video posts in the coming weeks and months

Fall has definitely come to Sapsucker as many of the maples have already started changing their leaves and many of the other trees appear to be following suit soon.  Last night the Woods was packed with migrating American Robins.  I’m talking hundreds of birds.  As we headed back towards the car, the trail was covered.  The trees were packed.  Everything was in constant motion as the birds flew from the ground to the trees and from tree to tree.  It was quite an amazing spectacle and the chorus of their calls provided a beautiful constant chatter.

Being able to get out, if even for only an hour, provided both of us the recharge we needed to come back home and get back to work.  I feel so fortunate to now live an area with such an impressive network of parks, preserves, and trails.  It’s quite a change from College Station, Texas.  Now, if I can just survive the winter, it will be great!

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