Saturday (07-November-2020) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Some early visitors to the birdfeeder that all disappeared when a Sharp-shined Hawk perched on the top bar of the bird feeder. I confirmed that it was a Sharp-shined Hawk rather than a Cooper’s hawk by taking a picture after the bird left with a ruler in its place. Today’s visitor measured 27 cm (head to tail). According to the Cornell bird site Sharp-shined Hawk measurements are: male 24-27 cm and female 29-34 cm. The Cooper’s Hawk measurements are: male 39 cm, female 45 cm.

Later on the small birds did return to the birdfeeder included Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, and American Goldfinch.


Sharp-shined Hawk. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Birds at the Birdfeeder. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (41.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (28.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny day. Geothermal HVAC system off, Forced Air-Dryer for hot peppers on. A deficit of 13.4 kWh.

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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