Living in the South, there’s one bird I can look forward to seeing every summer. All I have to do is search near water, and starting sometime in early to mid April, I can hear their incessant song from along stream-sides, lake shores, and swamp bottoms. I’m talking of course, about the Prothonotary Warbler.
To me, Prothonotary Warblers are one of the most beautiful birds in the world. They’ve got this deep golden hue that causes the bird to glow if the sun’s rays catch it right. They were named, like the Cardinal or the Bishop, for an order of the Catholic Church, the official record-keepers of Papal documents in
. Like the Northern Cardinal is so-called due to the red robes of its namesake, so the Prothonotary Warbler is named because real-life prothonotaries wore vivid yellow robes. Rome
|Prothonotary Warbler - Sandy Creek Park, NC; 5/27/2010|
Unfortunately, because Prothonotary Warblers like dense vegetation near their watery homes, it’s hard to catch one in the light. James and I found this guy belting away next to the big pond at
– luckily the sun was on him, and you can see how colorful they can become in the right light. Hopefully we’ll get a better shot soon, but for now, I’m not complaining – Prothonotary Warblers are freakin’ sweet! Sandy Creek Park