Monday, May 02, 2016
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.

Bird of the Month Archives

Past Featured Birds of the Month

Tree Swallow, March 2016

Steller's Jay, February 2016

Brown Pelican, January 2016

Acorn Woodpecker, December 2015

Dusky Grouse, November 2015

American Crow, October 2015

Ruddy Turnstone, September 2015

Scarlet Tanager, August 2015

House Sparrow, July 16, 2015

Tufted Titmouse, July 15, 2015

White-Throated Sparrow, July 14, 2015

Red-Bellied Woodpecker, July 13, 2015

Red-Winged Blackbird, July 12, 2015

Pine Siskin, July 11, 2015

Mourning Dove, July 10, 2015

Hairy Woodpecker, July 8, 2015

Eastern Bluebird, July 7, 2015

Downy Woodpecker, July 6, 2015

Dark-Eyed Junco, July 5, 2015 

Chipping Sparrow, July 4, 2015

Purple Finch, July 3, 2015

House Finch, July 2, 2015

Black-Capped and Carolina Chickadees, June 29, 2015

Baltimore Oriole, June 26, 2015

American Goldfinch, June 24, 2015

American Tree Sparrow, June 22, 2015

Bird of the Month? Week? Day?

Peregrine Falcon, June 2015

Chestnut-Sided Warbler, May 2015

Kirtland's Warbler, April 2015

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, March 2015

Pied-Billed Grebe, February 2015

Snow Bunting, January 2015

Northern Cardinal, December 2014

Winter Wren, November 2014

Northern Saw-Whet Owl, October 2014

American Bittern, September 2014

Chimney Swift, August 2014

Summer Tanager, July 2014

Canada Warbler, June 2014

Magnolia Warbler, May 2014

American Woodcock, April 2014

American Robin, March 2014

Great-horned Owl, October 2012

Bald Eagle, September, 2012

American Kestrel, June, 2012

American Robin, February, 2012

American Crow, January, 2012

Calliope Hummingbird, December, 2011

White-tailed Hawk, November, 2011

Long-tailed Jaeger, October, 2011

Warbling VIreo, August, 2011

Black-billed Cuckoo, June, 2011

Summer Tanager, May, 2011

Fox Sparrow, April, 2011

American White Pelican, March, 2011

Hooded Merganser, February, 2011

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

Yellow Warbler

by Alex Forsythe

"The Yellow Warbler is one of our best known and most abundant summer residents. It arrives as the buds on the apple trees are bursting into bloom. It is no unusual thing to awaken a warm spring morning, after a few days of cold weather, and find that in the night the grass has grown markedly, the naked limbs of the apple trees are clothed in green and decked in flowers. One can almost see things grow. While gazing upon the changed scene, a bit of bright yellow flits among the apple boughs and says 'we-chee, chee, chee, chee-wee'. It is the Yellow Warbler. The warm spell has quickened his movements and brought back a friend of other days." (W. S. Blatchley, State Geologist, Indiana Department of Geology and Natural Resources 22nd Annual Report, 1897).

Yellow Warblers are little rays of sunshine that gleefully herald the arrival of spring. With their golden plumage and tendency to perch and sing to you at eye level, they are one of the easiest warblers to see and identify. However, if you go birding in Central or South America, in the Caribbean, or in the southernmost portion of Texas, you may encounter Yellow Warblers with an extra splash of color: a chestnut crown or head. In these areas, these subspecies are called the "Golden" or "Mangrove" Warbler.

Although Brown-headed Cowbirds will lay their eggs in the Yellow Warbler's nest (40% of the Warbler's nests are parasitized), the Warbler has been known to spot the deception and build a new nest on top of the Cowbird's egg. In the process, the Warbler covers and abandons her own eggs and will lay a new clutch. In 1955, researcher A. J. Berger reported that a Yellow Warbler nest he had been studying in Remus, Michigan had been rebuilt 5 times, covering up 11 Brown-headed Cowbird eggs, in one breeding season! In Berger's study, only 8% of the 75 Cowbird eggs laid in 126 Yellow Warbler nests produced fledglings (Wilson Bulletin, June 1963). 

Despite the predation, populations of Yellow Warblers have remained steady. The Breeding Bird Survey Data from the Indiana Dunes bears this out: from 14 nesting birds spotted in 1993, to 26 nesting birds spotted in 2005. With a wide nesting range (from the northern part of South America to Newfoundland and Alaska), their nesting range naturally includes Indiana. According to the U.S.G.S. Interactive Breeding Bird Atlas Species Map (, Yellow Warbler nests have been confirmed throughout our state.

The Yellow Warbler is one of the first warblers to arrive in the spring, but they are also one of the first to leave in late summer. Blatchley noted in his report that their disappearance in the fall is so gradual as to go unnoticed, and that "no more unsatisfactory records are at hand of the fall migration of any birds than of this one."

When will the Yellow Warblers return to your area? Check out this interactive map that tracks the Yellow Warbler's spring migration: If you cannot wait to hear the cheerful "Sweet, sweet, sweet! I'm so sweet!" call of the Yellow Warbler in your own yard, you can listen to it here:

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