Thursday, October 23, 2014
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

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

by Alexandra Forsythe


The month of October brings to mind beautiful autumn leaves, bountiful harvests and plump pumpkins. For me, October also signals the return of my spark bird: the Northern Saw-whet Owl.

Just a few years ago, when I first became interested in birds, Fred Wooley, chief naturalist at Pokagon State Park, urged me to attend the Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program at the Indiana Dunes State Park. I am so glad that I did! It was the first time I met Brad Bumgardner, chief naturalist at the Dunes and birder extraordinaire. Brad conducts a Saw-whet banding program through Project Owlnet every year around Halloween, and it is immensely popular! He combines the banding with an entertaining, educational program to create a night that is fun for the whole family. My first night we captured three Saw-whets, one of which was quite spirited. She captured my heart. What a precious little face! From that moment on, I was no longer a bird watcher - I was a birder!

Northern Saw-whet Owls are the smallest owls east of the Mississippi River. The adults have brown backs with white spots, white bellies streaked with rusty brown, and a brown-and-white streaked facial disc with bright yellow eyes. They are the epitome of cute!

When courting, the male circles the female about 20 times, then presents her with a romantic dinner of dead mouse. He then does all or most of the hunting while she sits on the eggs. The female leaves the nest to roost elsewhere when the youngest chick is almost 3 weeks old, while the male stays behind to provide food for the chicks. 

Northern Saw-whet Owls irrupt about every four years, appearing in greater numbers in Indiana. Look for them in their favorite roosting sites: dense conifers. When discovered, the owls have a tendency to “freeze” rather than fly, leading people to believe they are tame.

Even though Saw-whets never fail to elicit an “Aww!” from anyone who sees them, they are rarely mentioned in pop culture. Martin, one of the characters in the popular Guardians of Ga’Hoole book series is a Northern Saw-whet, and the call of the Saw-whet is mentioned in a Grateful Dead song: Unbroken Chain.

You can learn more about Project Owlnet here: Find out more about the Dunes’ Saw-whet Owl Project here:


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