The Prothonotary Warbler is the only eastern wood-warbler to nest in cavities and they have the genus Protonotaria all to themselves. Lucy's Warblers in the southwest also nests in cavities.
If you're wondering where the hell this bird got its name, it was named after officials in the Roman Catholic Church who wore golden robes and were known as the protonotarii."
Pretty simple explanation for a word that's that tough to say, huh? Yes, it's true, there are many other golden-colored things out there with names that are much easier to remember. However, it seems with bird names that if there is a possible Roman Catholic Church reference it simply must be used...
Back to the actual bird, I was able to re-find it after getting distracting by a cute little fox pup and get my friend Dan onto it. We both had some pretty great looks as it came down and bathed in a little area of water right in the middle of the path. It wasn't the most approachable bird but I managed some photos. After bathing it flew up to a low shrub to preen and dry out a bit. But like every bird this time of year, whether busy preening, or busy accumulating a mouthful of insects, it took the time to sing every twenty seconds or so. And I have to say, one of the funniest things I've ever seen is when a bird tries to call or sing when its mouth is stuffed full of something; either food or nesting material. Not that this bird was doing that. This bird barely has a one percent chance of finding a mate up here, let alone building a nest or gathering food to feed a brood.