Friday (26-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: American Goldfinch, LBJ, Tufted Titmouse, and Chipping Sparrow. Not sure if the LBJ is a female/immature House Finch, or female/immature Brown-headed Cowbird.

American Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
American Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
LBJ (not sure if it is a female/immature House Finch or female/immature Brown-headed Cowbird). Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
LBJ (not sure if it is a female/immature House Finch or female/immature Brown-headed Cowbird). Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tufted Titmouse. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tufted Titmouse. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Early Summer Wildflowers: It appears that at least one Sunflower self-seeded, and grew high enough to bloom out of reach of the ravenous deer. I’ve seen several other sunflower plants clipped off before they could bloom. It looks like the bee (Bumblebee) likes Sunflower pollen.

Bee collecting pollen on a Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bee collecting pollen on a Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bee collecting pollen on a Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bee collecting pollen on a Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Spent some time in the morning working on the patio Grow Towers. Still several to set up and plant.

Daily Electric Energy Used (53.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (78.3 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and intermittent clouds. A surplus of 25.0 kWh. The solar panels continue to produce more energy than required to keep the house cool with the energy efficient Geothermal HVAC system.


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Sunday (07-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Butterflies, Bees, and Clearwing Hummingbird Moths. Today, the Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly was missing its tails and some of its rear wing. The Black Swallowtail Butterfly (NJ State Butterfly) was also missing one of its tails. I also saw a Red Admiral and Painted Lady Butterfly. One of the Clearwing Hummingbird Moths showed up. It spent most of its time feeding on the Pink Cosmos and Pink Zinnia flowers


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Daily Power Use (59.1 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (64.15 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The sun was out long enough to generate more power than the geothermal HVAC system needed to keep the house cool.

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Tuesday (18-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

It rained a lot today (1.71 in/43 mm). More wet Red Poppy pictures. This time some with real bees.

Red Poppy after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (54.5 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (23.13 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is down since I adjusted the thermostat to 72°F.

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Tuesday (01-September-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

The second set of images for today. Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly, Hummingbird Clearwing moth, Praying Mantis (that just missed catching a Hummingbird Clearwing moth for Lunch), and a Bee. They were all attracted to the Thistle flowers. I missed most of the butterfly and clearwing butterfly moth season while having my cataract surgery. My eyes are healing, I am seeing better, and now finally getting used to being out in the sun (with wrap-around sunglasses).


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Praying Mantis hunting on a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)
Praying Mantis hunting on a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee approaching a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee approaching a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (21-March-2014) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Honey Bee Working the Early Spring Purple Crocuses Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Fuji 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/4000 sec).

Honey Bee Working the Early Spring Purple Crocuses Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Fuji 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee Working the Early Spring Purple Crocuses Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Fuji 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)