Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Banded Prothonotary Warblers Sighted

As noted previously, one Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea), an unbanded male, was seen and photographed by a visitor Saturday afternoon at the Goodson Lake. Denise Ecker, director of bird conservation, went out the next day, despite the myriad rain storms, and heard a Prothonotary Warbler singing and calling at the lake. It may have been the same bird, but she was not able to get a look at the bird in question.

Today, however, two banded Prothonotary Warblers were seen and heard right before the tower at Goodson Lake. The birds were A088 (aluminum, purple/white and double orange) and A035 (aluminum, purple/white, light green over red). A088 was first banded on 5/27/09 around #139 on the boardwalk. A035 was first banded on 4/8/09 around marker #151 on the boardwalk, which is at Goodson Lake. This makes the third year (at least) for each of these birds to be at the Francis Beidler Forest.

How many years have you visited the Francis Beidler Forest?

Images by Mark Musselman

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