May 13, 2014

A bird in the hand

is beautiful.

This female prothonotary warbler struck a window at the parks visitor centre. Staff put it in a closed cardboard box to let it recuperate.
I was lucky enough to be there when it was released.
It sat quietly for a moment before flying into a tree. After a few more minutes it headed off into the forest.

Protonotaria citrea

Prothonotary Warblers breed in wooded swamps and other bottomland forests. Characteristic tree species include willows, sweet gum, willow oak, black gum, tupelo, bald cypress, elms, and river birch. On their wintering grounds Prothonotary Warblers are abundant in mangrove forests.

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