Monday (29-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and Turkey Vulture.


Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Flowers of the Day: Purple Allium, Red Poppy, Blanket Flower, Teasel, Four O’Clock, Garlic Scapes, Delphinium, Larkspur, Garlic Scapes, Black-eyed Susan, Sunflower, Pink Poppy, and Foxglove.


Summer Flowers of the Day (portrait). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Flowers of the Day (landscape). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Critters of the Day: Squirrel, Spots the Fawn, Rabbits, and Red Fox. This was the first time since last winter that I have seen Rabbits in the backyard. Within five minutes, the Red Fox showed up and the Rabbits disappeared.


Critters (mammals) of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (66.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (83.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of Sun. A surplus of 17.9 kWh.


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Saturday (27-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Black-capped Chickadee, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, and Brown-headed Cowbird.


Early Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Squirrel up on the birdfeeder. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Squirrel up on the birdfeeder. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Conflict at Bambi’s backyard playground as one of the fawns becomes a bully.


Bambi’s backyard playground. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Early Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Groundhog (notice the tick in its ear). Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300  mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Groundhog (notice the tick in its ear). Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

Early Summer Wildflowers: Yucca, Larkspur, Delphinium, Black-eyed Susan, Daisy, Red Poppy, Pink Poppy, Mexican Hat, and Teasel,


Early Summer Flowers (Portrait). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Early Summer Flowers (Landscape). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (45.9 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (39.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and rain. A deficit of 5.0 kWh.


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Monday (19-August-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily Walkabout, today with a Nikon Df camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. The thing I like about this camera is that it light for a DSLR, and has the same full-frame 35 mm sensor as the Nikon D4 camera. I have to admit that the camera failed on me once while in Antarctica when the shutter failed. The 70-300 mm lens is also relatively light. This post is about the flowers. Sunflowers, Zinnia, Black-eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy. The red flower I couldn’t identify yesterday appears to be a Mexican Sunflower.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (66.1 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (65.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Fewer clouds and more sun. The WaterFurnace geothermal HVAC had to work harder (25.6 kWh) because the temperature outside went above 90°F. Daily net deficit 0.6 kWh.

One note — the WaterFurnace Symphony software indicated the system used 16 kWh, however the Sense Energy monitor indicated that the geothermal heat pump used 25.6 kWh. I tend to believe the Sense numbers since they more closely the energy being recorded at the external power company (PSE&G) meters. I’ve asked the WaterFurnace folks in the past about the discrepancy, but they didn’t have a good answer. The Sense folks told me they thought that the WaterFurnace/Symphony system was only measuring one phase of the energy even though the system is powered by the 220V circut (using two phases). I wish an electrical engineer that understands this better would correct me here.


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Saturday (24-June-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

A different type of Black-eyed Susan with a red circle showed up in the small wildflower meadow I planted last year. I didn’t add any new seeds to this section this year, so the flowers that are showing up are either perennials, bi-annuals, or got reseeded from last years flowers. So far the flowers that appeared in this section include (sort of by date) Italian (Crimson) Clover, several types of Poppies, several types of Daisies, Bachelor Buttons (Cornflowers), and now two types of Black-eyed Susan. Just before the Daisies started to bloom, a deer got in and nibbled on the flower buds. Since then I put up a seven-foot mesh (not electrified).

Black-eyed Susan wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 50-140 mm f/2.8 OIS zoom lens (ISO 200, 140 mm, f/8, 1/110 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Black-eyed Susan wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 50-140 mm f/2.8 OIS zoom lens (ISO 200, 140 mm, f/8, 1/110 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)