A Little Black Box

It might look rather strange, this black box attached to a post in the Brunner Island wetlands, but it is there for a good reason.  Dick Humbert put the black boxes there to attract a yellow, green and bluish-gray bird known as a Prothonotary Warbler. These birds are the only cavity nesting warblers in the east.  And since they can’t create their own nesting cavity, they depend on what they find. As James Barclay’s photos show, at least one of the little black boxes at the wetlands did its job of attracting a nesting pair of Prothonotary Warblers this year. Many thanks to both Dick and Jim for their wildlife conservation efforts.

Prothonotary warbler perched in Brunner Islands wetland. Photo by James Barclay of York, PA.

 

Prothonotary warbler in nest box at Brunner Island wetlands. Photo by James Barclay of York, PA.

 

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