Spring is on its way--at least we all hope so. With spring comes nesting season. Nest boxes are already being investigated by cavity nesters in Tennessee, but sometimes the bird that chooses your yard's nest box is not the one you expected!
Photo credit: Cyndi Routledge Pronthonotary Warbler
This was the case with Cyndi and Steve Routledge in Clarksville, TN, during the 2012 nesting season when a pair of Prothonotary Warblers selected their nest box for raising young. Their experiences with these bright yellow cavity nesters is described in the March/April issue of the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine. Cyndi and I co-authored the text, but the story comes from Cyndi's many hours of observation and her beautiful photographs illustrate the article's pages.
Cyndi was able to keep a vigilant watch over the nestlings and their parents, witnessing many significant events, including watching the nestlings fledge.
Cyndi Routledge is a Tennessee Master Naturalist, photographer, avid birder and member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the Warioto Audubon Chapter.
Links and Resources:
Tennessee Conservation Magazine
Subscribe to the Tennessee Conservationist
Cornell on the Prothonotary Warbler
Other Tennessee Conservationist articles on this blog