Nests & NestingPicture of the Week: Prothonotary Warbler Nestbuilding

Picture of the Week: Prothonotary Warbler Nestbuilding

Prothonotary gathering nesting material. Photo by Charlie Bombaci

Photo by Charlie Bombaci, a volunteer naturalist at the Hoover Nature Preserve in Delaware County, Ohio.

A Prothonotary Warbler (PROW) gathering nesting material. Males build dummy nests of moss. The female selects the nest site and builds the rest of the nest and adds the lining. Since PROW tend to nest near water, moss is usually readily available. Some researchers speculate that moist green moss used in nests helps control temperatures and prevents dessication of eggs. (Source: Birds of North America online). Other small cavity nesters that use moss in their nests include chickadees and titmice.

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