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.
- 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.
- May, 2014 Archive Calvin the Barred Owl, Spring Birds, Great Egret, Sandhill Crane nest, Florida Birds, Woodruff NWR Flowers.
- 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