Tag Archives: Tropical

Prothonotary warbler

A tiny, bright, little warbler from the West Indies, Central America, and Northern South America.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

Early summer they show up in the Lowcountry, a little later they go even further north. We have plenty of them here, but you need to go to the swamps. They love warm swamps and the big Cypress Knees, which can be hollow. A perfect nest location.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

The big Four Holes Swamp is the best place to find them this time of year.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

Most of the birds we see have been banded at some point. Either here, or down in Central America. They can have three bands, each documenting their life cycle.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

If you have patience standing in one location and listening will eventually take to a spot where you will find them.

I prefer to walk and watch Ellen. She finds them.