Prothonotary Warbler: Nest Exchange

The Male Prothonotary Warbler supports the nest with maintenance chores.

Feather Your Nest

We watched the warbler bringing nesting material to build the nest, then, subsequently, she and her partner brought caterpillars in to feed the brood.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

A recently fledged Prothonotary Warbler chick explores the great big world.

You’re on your way up
You’ll be seeing great sights
And join the high fliers
Who soar to high heights
~Dr. Seuss

Mmmm..spider, the breakfast of champions!

Take a Closer Look!

This photo is actually a screenshot from a video from my GoPro camera! The nest box was home to two broods so far this breeding season. The fledge from the first brood followed the adult male to the nest box. The male intended on bringing his yummy caterpillar to the female sitting on the second brood nest, but she wasn’t back on the nest yet, so the fledge sat on the top of the box and begged for the meal! Pappa Prothonotary gave the fledge the meal and flew off. The fledge then proceeded to peck around on the nest box and then flew over to the maple tree and discovered the GoPro camera! A few pecks and several curious looks later… it flew off to find more yummy things!

Prothonotary Warbler’s Front Porch Nest Box

This beautiful Prothonotary Warbler raised two broods in this nest box on our front porch.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology