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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

American Woodcock

by Alexandra Forsythe


The comical American Woodcock is famous for its spring mating display, known as the Sky Dance, and that display is a spectacle to behold!  The male will start by peent-ing. He stands in the grass, faces one direction, honks out a “peent” sound, makes a quarter turn and “peents” again. When he is satisfied that he has sung enough, he will fly up to 350 feet in the air, circling like a feathered tornado, as his wings make twittering sounds. Then he will begin his descent, still twittering, while making chirping sounds. When he lands, he starts the display over again. The Sky Dance is mentioned in Aldo Leopold’s book, “A Sand County Almanac”. The author writes, “The show begins on the first warm evening in April at exactly 6:50 p.m. The curtain goes up one minute later until June 1, when the time is 7:50. This sliding scale is dictated by vanity, the dancer demanding a romantic light intensity of exactly 0.05 foot-candles. Do not be late, and sit quietly, lest he fly away in a huff.”

The Woodcock is mostly found in old grasslands and open woods. They nest on the ground in the grasses, but the nests are incredibly hard to find. The barring on the Woodcock’s feathers is specially designed to allow them to be masters of camouflage.  

American Woodcocks are not attracted to feeders or bird baths. Their favorite foods are invertebrates, including millipedes, snails, ants, beetles and earthworms. They will occasionally eat small plants as well. To find earthworms, some believe that the Woodcocks will rock their bodies back and forth, which may prompt earthworms to move underground making slight sounds that the Woodcock may be able to hear.  

The American Woodcock migrates south for the winter, flying at dusk and into the night.  They usually return in late March to early April. However, according to National Geographic’s article, “Birds Don’t Like Old Man Winter Anymore, Either”, we might see fewer Woodcocks this year. With the colder temperatures and snow cover, many Woodcocks may have arrived too early in our area and may have been wiped out by the cold and the lack of food.

The American Woodcock does not have many known predators. As always, humans are a major threat. As they mainly eat insects, Woodcocks are susceptible to insecticide poisoning. Cars are another threat, and so are heavy metals, such as lead which can be found in some earthworms. They are also heavily hunted, with 300,000  American Woodcocks killed every year for sport.


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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