Ten-Years Ago (18-March-2007) — New Jersey

Three LBJ’s (litte-brown jobs) in my backyard on a cold late-winter day. Two of the birds are white-throated sparrows. The other one, I am not sure about its ID.

White-throated sparrow getting some sun. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow getting some sun. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow singing in the vines. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow singing in the vines. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sparrow hiding in the bushes. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sparrow hiding in the bushes. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Icicles on the vines. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/9.5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Icicles on the vines. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/9.5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (17-March-2007) — New Jersey

A late-winter walkabout in my backyard. Fresh snow on the ground. Tracks from a neighbor’s cat in the front yard, and tracks from many deer in the backyard. Based on the droppings, there was not much for the deer to eat. There were birds out. A turkey vulture soaring, a white-throated sparrow, a male house finch. I am not sure if the one with the crossed bill is a female house finch or something else.

Cat tracks in my front yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)Cat tracks in my front yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Deer tracks in my back yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/12, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Deer tracks in my back yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/12, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Based on theses remains, not much for a deer to eat at this time of the year. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Based on theses remains, not much for a deer to eat at this time of the year. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in flight. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in flight. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/7.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/7.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male house finch on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male house finch on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (16-March-2008) — New Jersey

Images from a walkabout in my backyard after a morning rain shower. The deer look like it has been a long winter. These are still the birds that spent the winter.

Three scrawny does. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Three scrawny does. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Dark-eyed junco in the vines. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Water droplets on a vine after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Water droplets on a vine after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)