Prothonotary Warblers, or Golden Swamp Warblers as they are sometimes called, are the only eastern wood warbler that nests in cavities. Lucy’s Warbler in the west is the only other.
Natural cavities abandoned by woodpeckers over or near water is their preference, but they will use nest boxes in shaded areas near standing water. This makes it possible for us to help them re-establish within restored habitats and putting up artificial boxes has proven to be helpful.
Photo by hart_curt
We can also help the Prothonotary Warbler by coordinating nest box projects. Because their habitat is so localized, they are very vulnerable to habitat destruction.
The Birdfreak Team is hoping to bring a project such as this to Winnebago County through our own bird club, the North Central Illinois Ornithological Society.
- NOAA Chesapeake Bay Nesting Box Project
- Heard Nature Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary Webcam photos
- Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Plans
Prothonotary Warbler male – Photo by c-eight