Friday (17-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

At or under the birdfeeder — a Chipping Sparrow in the morning and a female Northern Cardinal in the afternoon. I cleaned out the bird bath, and the solar-powered fountain is now running. It is supposed to freeze tonight so we will see if it is running again tomorrow. A pink tulip flower. The deer nibbled on the plant, but it still survived. The deer at the back of the yard are looking through the electric fence trying to decide if the green plants inside the fence are edible wildflowers or weeds that they don’t like.

Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 320, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 320, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Female Northern Cardinal. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 12520, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Female Northern Cardinal. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 12520, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bird bath solar-powered fountain. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 320, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bird bath solar-powered fountain. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 320, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Tulip Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Tulip Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Scraggly looking Deer. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4. 1/125 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Scraggly looking Deer. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4. 1/125 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (61.1 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (54.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds. A deficit of 6.8 kWh.


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Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer updating images in My Image of the Day Photoblog, and My eBird (with images of nearly 450 bird species). hope post COVID-19 to be a world traveler again. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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