• Prothonotary Warbler

    Common NameProthonotary Warbler
    Scientific NameProtonotaria citrea
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation09/23/2020
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameJeff Pratt
    Mailing Address240 Bridge St.
    Passumpsic, Vermont 05819
    United States
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    Date Completed09/23/2020
    Latitude of Observation0
    Longitude of Observation0
    Place NamePassumpsic—Town Forest Road
    Time of Day05:30 PM
    Length of Time Observed2 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)30 ft.
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)25 ft.
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Weather calm—70 degrees

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation


    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Saw it a few times in Ohio.

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    Description of Habitat

    Very close to a brook—wooded roadside.

    Behaviors Observed

    The bird was aware of my presence as I noticed it as I walked along the road. I spotted her as she flew from the woods and landed on a branch around 6 feet above the ground and about 3 feet from the road. She(I think) perched for over a minute in that one spot for over a minute. She flew to another perch up the road—maybe 20 feet. I followed in a parallel motion. Again, she looked at me for maybe ten seconds, then flew across the street directly over my head to another tree that did not afford a clear view.

    Description of Vocalizations

    None during observation.

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Pretty much did that above. What struck me most was the lack of fear in the warbler. I actually talked to her and thanked her for allowing me this gift. And no, I’m not crazy—just thankful for this.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Larger than average warbler—but slim.


    Head a uniform yellow Green.

    Feet & Bill

    Did not observe the feet, but bill a little longer and thicker than other warblers I’ve seen.

    Upper Back

    Same yellow green as the head.

    Lower Back & Rump

    Not observed because the warblers was directly facing me.


    The wings were dark—not black—but a dark grey, contrasting sharply from the yellow green.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Yellow green.


    Noo able to see the tail clearly.

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    Yellow warbler—and female hooded warbler

    Other Notes & Comments


    This report was written from notes taken:Immediately After

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