Thursday (14-February-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

I had some larger birds visit my patio and bird feeder on Valentines Day. I’m not sure if the Black Crow visiting attracted the Turkey Vultures?

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Turkey Vulture. Image taken with a Nikon D5 Camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (David J Mathre)




One-Year Ago (13-February-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

The Turkey Vultures keep getting closer. There were nearly 40 in my neighbor’s yard and trees before I went out to take some pictures. I don’t want them on my roof leaving their droppings on the solar panels!

Two Turkey Vultures in the Late Afternoon Sun. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Two Turkey Vultures in the Late Afternoon Sun. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in the Late Afternoon Sun. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in the Late Afternoon Sun. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (12-February-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

It snowed today. We got about an inch. Lots of birds at the bird feeder. Some getting feisty or territorial because it was snowing.

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Mourning Dove. Image taken with a Nikon D5 Camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (David J Mathre)
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Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D5 Camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (David J Mathre)




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Monday (11-February-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Other than some tiny birds that can get into this bird feeder, the Red-bellied Woodpecker has a long enough beak to reach the sunflower seeds. It then has to take the sunflower seed to a tree to break it open. I seems that only the Cardinals and Finches can open sunflower seeds directly in their beak.


Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Sunday (10-February-2019) — February

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, and Marsh Wren. The Marsh Wren isn’t able to open sunflower seeds. Instead, its beak is more suited to go after the suet.


Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.