Overcast skies and cool weather continue today and have kept reptile sightings at a bare minimum. Based on our observations, there do not seem to be as many Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) around the boardwalk. Normally, there would be plenty of male-vs-male battles for territory and mates. However, the territories around the boardwalk are relatively quiet and behavior is civil. Therefore, we suspect that all residing Prothonotary Warblers have ample space and mating opportunities and have no need to waste energy in confrontations. Meanwhile, plenty of Black-throated Blue Warblers (Setophaga caerulescens) have been seen along the edge of the swamp and behind the nature center as they linger along their migration north.
|Black-throated Blue Warbler - Mark Musselman|
|Prothonotary Warbler (A037) - Mark Musselman|
|Cypress Knee Nest Cavity - Mark Musselman|
You can help ornithologists by monitoring nests you discover. The procedures, to protect you and the birds, can be found at the Nestwatch site. Currently, only two Prothonotary Warbler nests are being monitored and they are both at the Francis Beidler Forest.
The rainy weather did not bother every living thing. Mac Stone and friends were out in the swamp on Sunday and captured some amazing images (see Mac's here), including a White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawn resting near a cypress.
|Fawn - Mac Stone Photography|