Bonds View Road, Macon, Georgia.
In regards to the nesting of this species Bent writes, “The prothonotary warbler and Lucy’s warbler are the only two American warblers that habitually build their nests in cavities, usually well concealed.” He goes on to add however, “Many and varied are the odd nesting sites occupied by prothonotary warblers…Nests have been found in buildings, on beams and other supports” He mentions nests being found in a coffee can, in a paper sack, in a mail box, in a box on a moving ferry boat, in a Chinese lantern on a pavilion, and in an old hornet’s nest. One fascinating nest story he tells was reported by John W. Moyer (1930) who learned of it from people living in a farm house along the Kankakee River. “A pair of these warblers built their nests and raised their broods for three consecutive seasons in the pocket of an old hunting coat, hung in a garage; each year the man cleaned out the nest and used the coat in the fall, and the next spring the birds used it again.”
From part one of Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers by A. C. Bent
Asher Brown Durand (American, 1796–1886) - The Catskill Valley - 1863
Oil on canvas.
Philbrook Museum of Art.
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