February, 2017 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.
This month's edition is special for several reasons. First, all the birds and photos are from the St. Johns River in Florida where we have found so many spectacular birds. Second, it is a very large edition with 78 photos, including 36 that are high-resolution, and 27 different species featured.
We begin with Ospreys. This one has just caught a fish and has taken it to the limb of a tree to eat. See Ospreys for photos of this and other Ospreys.
A Bald Eagle sits atop the highest tree around as it surveys its kingdom. See Bald Eagle & Anhinga for more pictures of this symbol of our nation, and some other birds.
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Not all the wildlife to be found along the St. Johns River is in trees or the sky. Here are some Manatees feeding beneath the surface at a place where the river is fed by springs that keep the water warm all year. See St. Johns River Sights for pictures of other residents of the St Johns River.
A Snowy Egret rests on one leg and watches the river roll by. See Snowy Egret, and others for pictures of this and other birds.
A Red-shouldered Hawk takes flight amid bright red maple seeds. For more photos of these birds, see Red-shouldered Hawks.
We expect to find wild turkeys on the prairies of the Midwest, but were a little surprised to find them in the swamps along the St Johns River in Florida. See Wild Turkeys for more pictures of these surprisingly shy birds.
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A rather shy White Ibis tries to hide in a tree along the river. See White Ibis for more pictures of these and other residents of the St Johns River.
An Alligator suns itself on a log and ponders how it can reach one of these turtles before it slips away into the water. For more photos of Alligators, all in high resolution, see Alligators.
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A Great Blue Heron in full breeding plumage shows his stuff on the shore of the St. Johns River. See Great Herons and Egrets for more photos of these birds.
This is a very blue Little Blue Heron. But not all Little Blue Herons are blue as you can see at Little Blue Herons.
For more than 17 years, since August of 1999 we have brought you pictures of the beautiful birds we have seen. Over these years, we have produced more than 180 editions and estimate there have been about 6000 original photos published. 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.
- August, 2016 Archive Barred Owls, Owlet, Timmons' Birds, Song Birds, Hardy's Birds, Ground Critters.
- April, 2016 Archive Barred Owl Calvin, Northern Flicker, Woodruff Birds I, Woodruff Birds II.
- December, 2015 Archive Great Horned Owls, Birds of the St. Johns River, Hooded Merganser, and Indiana Birds.
- September, 2015 Archive Orlando Wetlands Birds, Butterflies, Mute Swans, Peaks of Otter, Blue Ridge Deer, Orlando Wetlands Gators, Orlando Wetlands Flowers.
- July, 2015 Archive Jeff Timmons' Birds, Sandhill Cranes, Woodruff Flowers, Greg Tompkins' Birds, Glossy Ibis, Woodruff Birds, Indiana Birds.
- May, 2015 Archive Spring Wildflowers, March Birds, April Birds, Calvin Roosting, The Maple Tree's Story, Greg Tompkins' Birds, and Jeff Timmons' Birds.
- March, 2015 Archive Bald Eagles, Jeff Timmons' Birds, Feeder Birds, Greg Tompkins Birds, Ground Squirrel, Waterfowl.
- January, 2015 Archive Whistling Ducks, Indiana Birds, Greg's Birds, Red-shouldered Hawk, Chinese Goose, Barred Owl.
- November, 2014 Archive Equinox Trees, Great Egret, Swans and Wood Ducks, Calvin, the Barred Owl, Wetlands Sights, Eagle Creek Reservoir, Hooded Merganser, Fall Flowers.
- September, 2014 Archive Orlando (Florida) Wetlands including: alligators, White Ibis, and Glossy Ibis. Also Killbuck birds, Greg's Birds, and a Great Egret.
- July, 2014 Archive Indiana Birds, Birds from Woodruff NWR, Canada Geese, and Mallard Ducks.
- June, 2014 Archive Goslings, Greg's Birds, Calvin the Owl, Canada Geese, Baltimore Orioles, Migrating Birds.
- Barred Owl Family History History of the Killbuck Owls in Pictures, 1999 - 2009
- Owl Archive Memorial edition for "Junior" the Shadyside Barred Owl.
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
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Tom and Jean Harbron