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About the Photographer

 

Marty Jones has been interested in bird photography ever since his first visit in 2004 to see the magnificent flocks of Sandhill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski FWA.  Marty enjoys the challenges and rewards of taking a good bird photograph and meeting other people who share an interest in birding and bird photography.

Marty is a Regulatory Compliance Consultant for the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives and lives near Terre Haute with his daughter Addison. Visit Marty L. Jone's Bird Photography Website. You'll see over 260 different Indiana bird species represented in the site including several rarities.

Backyard Birds of Indiana

Common Feeder Birds

Feeding backyard birds is often a lot of fun, but have you ever wondered what kind of bird is at your feeder? We're here to help! Thanks to the photographic efforts of Marty Jones, this page will help you learn the most common birds that visit our Indiana feeders.

Thanks for visiting and THANK YOU for feeding our feathered friends!

 Northern Cardinal  White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
White-breasted Nuthatch
 Dark-eyed Junko  Brown-headed Cowbird Carolina Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
Carolina Chickadee
 American Robin  Downie Woodpecker European Starling
American Robin
Downy Woodpecker
European Starling
Mourning Dove Song Sparrow
House Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Song Sparrow

Bird of the Month


Summer Tanager

by Alexandra Forsythe


“To those whose pleasure it is to live in the realm of the Summer Tanager, both he and his less brightly colored, though beautiful, mate form one of the most beautiful features of nature. He is ‘the redbird par excellence’ and in the estimation of many, the sweetest singer of the tanager family. They give one the impression that they are taking a leisurely summer vacation and have plenty of time at their disposal.” – Birds and Nature, September 1904.

The male Summer Tanager is the only completely red bird in Indiana. The male does not become that brilliant strawberry-red color until its second year; in its first year it is a mixture of red and greenish yellow. The female is typically bright yellow-green in its second year - brighter yellow on the head and underparts, and more green on the back and wings. Some females have an overall reddish wash. Both male and female have grey bills, legs and feet.

They eat bees, wasps and other insects, along with fruits like mulberries, blackberries and pokeweed. To consume the bees and wasps without getting stung, the Tanager smacks the insect against a branch and rubs the stinger off before attempting to eat the insect.

Their song is similar to the song of the American Robin but softer, sweeter and shorter. The call sounds a bit like the bird is saying, “Pick it up!”

This photo was taken at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary at the IAS Spring Festival. Beautiful birds like this are just one more reason to attend IAS events!

Indiana Audubon Society Bird Gallery and Archive


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Common Indiana Birds

50 Most Common Backyard Birds of Indiana

1.   Eastern Bluebird 
2.   Indigo Bunting
3.   Northern Cardinal 
4.   Carolina Chickadee
5.   Black-Capped Chickadee
6.   Brown-Headed Cowbird
7.   American Crow
8.   Mourning Dove
9.   House Finch
10. Purple Finch
11. Northern Flicker
12. American Goldfinch
13. Common Grackle
14. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
15. Cooper’S Hawk
16. Sharp-Shinned Hawk
17. Blue Jay
18. Dark-Eyed Junco
19. Northern Mockingbird
20. Red-Breasted Nuthatch
21. White-Breasted Nuthatch
22. Baltimore Oriole
23. Barred Owl
24. Eastern Screech Owl
25. Great Horned Owl
26. Eastern Phoebe
27. American Robin
28. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
29. Pine Siskin
30. American Tree Sparrow
31. Chipping Sparrow
32. Fox Sparrow
33. House Sparrow
34. Song Sparrow
35. White-Crowned Sparrow
36. White-Throated Sparrow
37. Eupopean Starling
38. Brown Thrasher
39. Tufted Titmouse
40. Eastern Towhee
41. Cedar Waxwing
42. Downey Woodpecker
43. Hairy Woodpecker
44. Pileated Woodpecker
45. Red-Bellied Woodpecker
46. Red-Headed Woodpecker
47. Carolina Wren
48. House Wren
49. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
50. Summer Tanager