Saturday (25-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Lots of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies out today. They were only interested in the Thistle blooms. The Clearwing Hummingbird moths were less selective working the Lemon Mint/Bee Balm/Bergamot flowers. Surprisingly, one was feeding on a Black-eyed Susan. Images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly captured with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe). Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe). Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on Thistle flowers. Images captured with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on Lemon Mint/Bee Balm/Bergamot flowers. Images captured with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Gray Catbird, House Finch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, and Brown Thrasher

Afternoon at the Birdfeeders: Gray Catbird, House Finch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Chipping Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Song Sparrow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Brown Thrasher.

Daily Electric Energy Used (64.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (77.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny and hot all day. A surplus of 12.4 kWh. As long as the sun is out most of the day, the Geothermal HVAC system keeps the house cool without needed additional electricity from PSE&G.

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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