August, 2016 Edition

These are birds we have observed in and near our home in Madison County, Indiana. Most have been found in the city of Anderson along the banks of Killbuck Creek and White River, or in Shadyside Park, including the wetlands and the Shadyside Lakes. For a detailed, annotated map of the area see map and directions.

For this edition, we are concentrating on local birds, beginning with our resident owl family. This is Calvin, the father, and he is keeping watch over the tree where his little owlet has hatched. See Barred Owls for pictures of both parents.

This is the object of all the parents' attention. For the antics of this baby owl on its first day out of the nest, see Owlet.

This is the strangest looking bird we've seen in a long time. Jeff Timmons found it and you will have to look at Timmons' Birds to find out what it is.

It's not hard to guess what kind of bird this is. See Song Birds for photos of this Indigo Bunting and other song birds.

A juvenile Cooper's Hawk takes a bath in Mick Hardy's birdbath. For more birds that Mick has photographed, see Hardy's Birds.

We end this edition with photos, not of birds, but of some other animals we've seen. See Ground Critters for their pictures.

This edition marks the seventeenth anniversary of our first edition, back in August of 1999. In the intervening years, we have produced more than 180 editions and estimate there have been about 6000 original photos published in that time. It has been great fun for us, and we hope that you, our readers, have enjoyed seeing the birds and hearing their stories.

We know not how many more editions we will be able to produce, nor how many more birds we will be able to photograph. However, we hope to continue so long as God gives us the strength to do so. Thank you for your faithful following, and happy birding.

Tom and Jean Harbron

Past month's editions of Birds of Madison County may be viewed from the archive. They may be accessed by clicking on the appropriate month in the list below.


For more than sixteen years, we have endeavored to bring you monthly editions of Birds of Madison County. For each edition we have strived to present thirty to fifty original, high quality, photographs of birds and wildlife. Behind each photo that makes it to this web site, there are many others that are discarded. Finding the subjects and taking the hundreds of photos needed for each edition requires many hours of field work.

We have arrived at an age when long hours of field work are becoming difficult for us. Consequently, we are not able to sustain the level of production required for monthly editions. We will continue to post new editions as health and circumstances permit; however, regretfully, not on a regular, monthly basis. We thank you for your faithful following and many comments over the years. We have heard from people, not only in Indiana, but all over America and many parts of the world, including Europe and Asia. We hope that your days have been brightened by the sights we have shared and that your appreciation of the natural world and especially the birds has been enhanced by our pictures and stories.

Tom and Jean Harbron
December, 2014


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Tom and Jean Harbron

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