April 29, 2014
Prothonotary warblers are a rare sight in Canada. They only occur in southern Ontario close to Lake Erie.
Recently we were in Virginia at The Great Dismal Swamp and there were prothonotarys all over.
In one short stretch of path we had 6 males chasing each other and displaying on territory.
One mans common bird is another mans rarity.
The Prothonotary Warbler is one of only two warbler species that nest in cavities. (Lucy's Warbler is the other.)
The name "Prothonotary" refers to clerks in the Roman Catholic church, whose robes were bright yellow.