Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler photographed in june or july 2010 on the faroese trawler Enniberg by Esbern Christiansen 250 nautic miles southwest of Iceland.

A few days ago I got a mail from Esbern Christiansen. He had photographed a bird which he didn’t know. He attached a stunning photo of a Prothonotary Warbler. Later I received the details about the finding.

The bird was seen onboard the faroese trawler Enniberg. The trawler was located about 250 nautic miles (463 km) southwest of Iceland – less than 100 km from icelandic waters.

I first thought that the bird was seen this spring, but it was actually photographed in either june or july 2010. It stayed onboard the trawler for about 24 hours.

As far as I know there are no previous records of Prothonotary Warbler in the Western Paleartic. So even though it is an old record it is still very interesting. But the question is, if we can be exactly sure that the bird is seen within the western paleartic. Morten Bentzon Hansen was kind enough to send a map showing the border – and it looks like 250 nautic miles southwest of Iceland is just on the border.

WP-border in the North Atlantic - thanks to Morten Bentzon Hansen for the map


One comment on “Prothonotary Warbler

  1. Hi Silas,

    I think the WP border west of Iceland is not accurate enough, should be more west, considering how the shape of Icelandic waters is.

    Goal for next autumn (in Iceland).. Prothonotary or the more likely Kirtland’s 😉


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