The wooded pond marsh at Picnic Point is a favored habitat for Prothonotary Warblers. While these dazzling yellow warblers with black beady eyes are observed as far north as Wisconsin, their breeding attempts at the pond marsh are rarely successful. Unlike other eastern warblers, Prothonotary Warblers nest in holes in trees, rather than in the open, and at the pond marsh they nest in special birdhouses placed close to the water. Area birders care for these birdhouses and, as in previous years, are holding their breaths that this year's breeding pair will be successful in their efforts. We thank Perri Liebl for providing the photo of the male singing out his heart.
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Gisela Kutzbach and contributors
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