Johnson hopes to have 10 sites sending out 10 or more tagged birds over the next couple of years to help inform an international conservation plan. They build nests on the ground in forest leaf litter, so we’re more likely to see them in parks than on our tidy lawns. Happily, the Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) is a common summer resident in our parks. This one rested at Magee Marsh this year before crossing Lake Erie. This year, I got curious about where our visiting warblers spent the winter. Learn more. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mnwap/index.html, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Prothonotary Warblers.” Flicker 17: 91. http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/mcbs/birdmaps/prothonotary_warbler_map.pdf, North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee. Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union Occasional Papers, no 2. Regular breeding resident and migrant; the Prothonotary Warbler was a rare species during the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas (MNBBA). In 1915, “a small colony” of Prothonotary Warblers was found in a floodplain channel along the Rum River, a tributary to the Mississippi River, in Isanti County, and was present for many years. Palm Warblers prefer to nest in the boreal (evergreen) forests of Canada. The Prothonotary’s strong association with the floodplain forests of slow-moving, large rivers has probably limited its breeding opportunities elsewhere in the state. Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. This graphic shows the forecast bird migration map that we display on the website during spring and fall migration in the top left panel. 2007). Prothonotary Warbler Minnesota Conservation Summary Audubon Minnesota Spring 2014 The Blueprint for Minnesota Bird Conservation is a project of Audubon Minnesota written by Lee A. Pfannmuller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Since 1970 nesting had been confirmed in 6 counties: Brown, Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington. 1964. Fink, D., T. Auer, A. Johnston, M. Strimas-Mackey, O. Robinson, S. Ligocki, B. Petersen, C. Wood, I. Davies, B. Sullivan, M. Iliff, S. Kelling. It has been assigned a Continental Concern Score of 14/20 by Partners in Flight. In only eight months, he traveled a minimum of 5,000 miles, through 7 countries and made three significant nonstop water crossings—twice over the Gulf of Mexico and once over the Caribbean Sea. Roberts (1932) provided a detailed account of the first reports of this stunning floodplain-forest species in Minnesota. Please let me know if you see one during the summer or hear what Cornell describes as their “pleased, pleased, pleased to meetcha!” breeding song. Next week, I hope to explore the fellow travelers, other beautiful migrators that accompanied this year’s warblers and will be spending the summer with us as well. I think his clear golden feathers with a peachy blur are probably the prettiest yellow feathers I’ve ever seen! Males have gorgeous yellow head and underparts with greenish back and blue-gray wings. Audubon Louisiana leads the Prothonotary Warbler Working Group, a collective of researchers, conservation organizations, and state and federal agencies, to implement conservation actions that will benefit Prothonotary Warblers in the United States and abroad. The Birds of Minnesota. There was one notable exception. Contrasting annual cycles of an intratropical migrant and a tropical resident bird. So, enjoy a rare treat if you spot this beautiful warbler! On songbirds that are too small to carry GPS units, scientists use geolocators, mini high-tech backpacks, which weigh much less. Breckenridge, Walter John. TINY, INTREPID MIGRATORS: The Colorful Warblers of Late Spring, Follow Natural Areas Notebook on WordPress.com. It’s the least you can do. Breeding had been confirmed in 8 counties: Anoka, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington. Crosswise migration by Yellow Warblers, Nearctic‐Neotropical passerine migrants. “The Prothonotary Warbler.” Oologist 7: 228–229. It was found on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River, east of the mouth of the Root River, in 1874 by Dr. Hvoslef of Lanesboro, Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Spread the word. 2016). Roberts, Thomas S. 1932. In the nearly 140 years since the Prothonotary Warbler first appeared in Minnesota, its breeding distribution has slowly expanded along the state’s major river valleys as well as along some smaller tributaries. Version 2013. http://rmbo.org/pifpopestimates. Imagine standing on your lawn in the dark on a warm spring night. National Audubon Society 2015. Overwhelmed and Understaffed, Our National Wildlife Refuges Need Help. They fly on. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Rosenberg, Kenneth V., Judith A. Kennedy, Randy Dettmers, Robert P. Ford, Debra Reynolds, John D. Alexander, Carol J. Beardmore, Peter J. Blancher, Roxanne E. Bogart, Gregory S. Butcher, Alaine F. Camfield, Andrew Couturier, Dean W. Demarest, Wendy E. Easton, Jim J. Giocomo, Rebecca Hylton Keller, Anne E. Mini, Arvind O. Panjabi, David N. Pashley, Terrell D. Rich, Janet M. Ruth, Henning Stabins, Jessica Stanton, and Tom Will. How the birds found a locality so far from their primary breeding range was an enigma to Roberts: “Conditions there are ideal though limited in extent. Hoover, Jeffrey P. 2009. Hoover (2009) specifically noted impacts to Prothonotary Warblers that resulted from actions that modify the hydrological regimes of floodplain communities. Retrieved from the Birds of North America: https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/prowar doi: 10.2173/bna.408. Yellow Warblers fly non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico to spend the winter in Central America or northern South America. Geolocalizador revela los movimientos migratorios y durante el invierno de Protonotaria citrea. Strong stomachs, eh? Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. The valleys of the St. Croix and Minnesota rivers, farther south, offer equally satisfactory and much more extensive nesting-grounds, but thus far they have been passed by.” At the time of his writing, Roberts (1932) had confirmed nesting reports from three counties: Goodhue, Houston, and Isanti. The second and third weeks of May are probably the busiest weeks of the spring for those of us who enjoy birds. The Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica), one of my favorite warblers, is shown on Cornell Lab’s migration map as nesting here in our area, but I’ve only seen them during migration. Whitcomb, R. F., Chandler S. Robbins, J. F. Lynch, B. L. Whitcomb, M. K. Klimkiewicz, and D. Bystrak. The movements of this male Prothonotary Warbler add to accumulating evidence that many migrant birds exhibit either prolonged stopover behavior or secondary migratory movements. The mating song is the first recording at this Cornell link and the buzzing call is the second one. Photo: Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards, Scientists Uncover Clues to Mysterious Prothonotary Warbler Decline. A geolocator is a 0.5-gram (0.1% of one pound!) They’re battered by unexpected cold fronts and rainstorms that force them down to the earth, sometimes in places unsuitable for rest or foraging. Breeding was confirmed in 9 blocks (Figures 2 and 3; Table 1). Or they may have traveled from Central America and northern South America, either around or over the Gulf of Mexico. The cumulative population loss since 1970 is estimated at 38% (Rosenberg et al. A paper published this week by the Journal of Field Ornithology, highlights an enhanced understanding of the year-round journey of this charming songbird. eBird data from 2014-2018. Prothonotary Warbler Migration Revealed: The Completed Story of Longshot I ... His geolocator died in February 2015, so we won't know his northern migration back to Beidler from Colombia.