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New Prothonotary Warbler Bird Boxes Available at Delta Wildlife

Prothonotary Warblers are one of the most intriguing and unique species in the warbler family. Upon returning from wintering grounds in Venezuela, Panama, Columbia, and other parts of South America, Prothonotary Warblers utilize bottomland and riparian forests throughout the Southeastern United States for breeding and nesting. This is the only warbler species that nests in tree and artificial cavities. Prothonotary Warblers must compete against several other bird species for suitable cavities, especially house wrens.

While many may not be familiar with the species, avid fishermen should encounter the beautiful yellow bird on a regular basis. The warbler often frequents the edges of lakes during the spring and summer months. Oxbow lakes up and down the river are favorite haunts for the bird.

To increase available nesting habitat in the Mississippi Delta, Delta Wildlife now offers Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes and predator guards to our membership for the cost $15. Ideally, nest boxes should be installed in a wooded area near, or above, slow moving water. Prothonotary Warblers prefer an understory that is relatively clear, such as that maintained by winter and spring flooding.  Feeding primarily on aquatic and terrestrial insects, placing a nest box near water ensures a sufficient and diverse food supply throughout the breeding season. Nest box maintenance is also very important. Late fall and winter months are the perfect time to clean out old nests, inspect the box for damage, and to ensure the predator guard is in place and functioning properly.  For more information on our new Prothonotray Nesting Boxes and other nesting boxes offered by Delta Wildlife, simple call the Delta Wildlife office at 662-686-3370.