Wednesday (21-July-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Downy Hummingbird, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal.


Birds of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (59.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (57.4 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny then some rain, hot, and hazy. A deficit of 2.3 kWh.

Tuesday (20-July-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, American Robin, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


Birds of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Two types of Dragonflies viewed near the backyard pond. One with an all black body and clear wings (Darth Vader). The other one had a blue body and green eyes. They were observed mating and laying eggs in the water.


Dragonflies of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (67.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (58.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun, hot, hazy, and a few clouds. A deficit of 8.7 kWh.

Friday (02-July-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

My field of Bee Balm and Lemon Mint plants is in bloom. The deer do not like these plants, but they do attract bees, butterflies, and two types of clearwing moths. The two types of Clearwing Moths are similar. Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris Thysbe) has lighter colored front legs, and Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris Diffinis) is slightly smaller and has dark colored front legs.

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. (David J Mathre)
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris Thysbe) feeding on a Bee Balm flower. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Snowberry Clearwing Moth. (David J Mathre)
Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris Diffinis) feeding on a Bee Balm flower. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. (David J Mathre)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly feeding on a Bee Balm flower. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm lens. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (52.1 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (4.7 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and light rain. A deficit of 10.9 kWh.

Saturday (12-June-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds viewed in the backyard: Mourning Dove, House Finch.


Birds of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Spring flowers blooming: Love-in-a-Mist, Poppy, California Poppy, Blue Flax, Day Lily, Prickly Pear, Yucca, Baby Snapdragon, Sweet Alyssum.


Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Spring Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The Cicadas are still around and making noise.


Bugs of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (49.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (38.3 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and light rain. A deficit of 10.9 kWh.

Wednesday (09-June-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds viewed in the backyard: Mourning Dove.


Birds of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Spring flowers blooming: Love-in-a-Mist, Poppy, California Poppy, Baby Blue Eyes, Baby Snapdragon, Sweet Alyssum, Blue Flax, Zucchini.


Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Spring Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (68.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (70.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny, some clouds. A surplus of 1.2 kWh.