Saturday (13-February-2021) — New Jersey

Wintertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Day 2 of the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count.

Several times during the morning bird count the small birds all flew away from the birdfeeder. Finally, I noticed a Cooper’s Hawk perched on a tree in the backyard. Soon thereafter a murder of American Crows started harassing the Cooper’s Hawk. The hawk finally flew away allowing the small birds to return to the birdfeeder.

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec).. (David J Mathre)


American Crows harassing Cooper’s Hawk. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

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Cooper’s Hawk flying away. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (92.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (0.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. The solar panels totally covered with snow. Geothermal HVAC system on. A deficit of 92.4 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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