Prothonotary Warblers Revisted

Just the other day, I published a blog of an immature warbler (Warbler), believing it to be a Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea). Well, during yesterday’s kayak outing, I again saw this youngster, but this time the parents were close by … and it definitely is a Prothonotary Warbler. I was able to kayak near them for about 10 minutes, allowing me to get some nice images. Here are a few of my favorites:

This first image shows “Junior” (on the left), with one of the parents close by (note that they are perched on a Poison Ivy vine … yikes!):

Adult Prothonotary Warbler with fledgling


The next image was made shortly after the last one. In this image, the adult is hanging upside-down from the Poison Ivy vine, looking for insects on the bottom side of the leaves:

Prothonotary Warbler "upside-down"


Both of the warblers then flew across the water to the other side. After a short paddle, I caught up with them, just in time to “miss” the adult giving Junior an insect. In this next image, Junior (on left) has the insect in his mouth:

Prothonotary Warbler fledgling with insect (from parent)


Then, the parent flew to another branch. Junior, not very shy, stetched over the leaves to watch me:

Prothonotary Warbler fledgling close-up


Within a couple of minutes, one of the parents showed back up, with more lunch for Junior:

Prothonotary Warbler adult feeds fledgling


Unfortunately, the food transfer was made behind a leaf, so I still wasn’t able to capture the moment. That’s ok, when I head back out in a few minutes, “Parent Feeding Fledgling” is at the top of my Shot List! At least I was able to make a positive ID on the young warbler.

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