Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Way back in April Steve and I visited Larue Road, AKA “Snake Road”, to visit the swamps of western Shawnee National Forest.  We came up mostly short on snakes and found way to many naked apes on this particular Saturday, but we were pretty certain to find a good feathered reptile show, and we were not disappointed.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a staple of southern swamps and this area sure has its share.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a number of these birds foraging along the road, without a care about what we were up to.  This allowed for some very nice looks and photographic opportunities.

Prothonotary Warbler
The Original Entomologist

The image above shows how these guys (and most warblers) go about making a living.  They know better than any entomologist that the best opportunities for finding caterpillars and spiders is to look under leaves and inside the folds and crevices of new leaves and flowers.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

We didn’t find a nest cavity of one of these monks during this visit, but they were undoubtedly tending nests and potentially caring for eggs.  If only this area were not a three hour drive!

Cute Coots
Cute Coots

Lastly, at one end of the road we were greeted by a gang of Coots feasting on Coon’s Tail.

Thanks for the visit.

OZB
email: handsomeozarkbillyboy@gmail.com

 

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