Tuesday, July 07, 2009


After the first week of summer camp, we took a short vacation to Edisto Beach (more on that tomorrow), so the blog has been quiet.
Project PROTHO research continues at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest with Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea)beginning to move out of the swamp with their fledglings.

A065 is a fledgling that has been observed along the boardwalk between markers 137 and 140 in recent weeks. A065 was about 6 weeks old when the images were taken on 6/17/09. A065 is one of the chicks from A056 (male) and A064 (female) nest at marker 138. A065's nest was the one with the cowbird chick (see end of blog 5/19/09). Only the male has been seen feeding A065 during the past couple of weeks. Perhaps the female is on a second nest or perhaps she is taking care of one of the other chicks from the nest.

Yesterday's banding along the fire lines in the upland pine/hardwood forests provided glimpses of various banded Prothonotary Warblers, some with fledglings, that have decamped from the swamp.
Images by Jeff Mollenhauer

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