By John Shackford
The Prothonotary Warbler is a beautiful ray of “sunshine” in watery woods. A.C.Bent, author of the old standard, Life Histories of North American Birds, maintains that the Prothonotary is a poorly named species, a botching of naming rules accurately but poorly applied. It should be the Golden Swamp Warber, he maintains.
In reading Bent I was
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