Wednesday (09-September-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Early morning (06:35) neighborhood cat hunting under the birdfeeder.


Early Morning Neighborhood Cat Hunting Under the Birdfeeder. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Gray Catbird, House Finch, Song Sparrow, and Northern Cardinal.


Morning at the Birdfeeders. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Afternoon at the Birdfeeders: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, and Northern Cardinal.


Afternoon at the Birdfeeders. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Contact me if you are interested in a Time-lapse Video of the Morning or Afternoon session at the Birdfeeders. My setup for the birdfeeder images is a Nikon D850 camera and 200 mm f/2 VR lens set to take one image every 5 seconds over a 5 hour period (~3600 images). The new time-lapse video format is 720p (1080 x 720 pixels) and 1 frame/second. The length of the video is about 1 hour in a 1 GB MP4 file. The previous time-lapse videos of the birdfeeders were at 12 frames/second, and to be honest were too fast to identify the birds.

Daily Electric Energy Used (54.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (35.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of clouds. A deficit of 19.1 kWh.

Tuesday (28-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The birds noticed a cat lurking below the birdfeeder.


Local Neighborhood Cat Lurking below the Birdfeeder. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Northern Cardinal.


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

Afternoon at the Birdfeeders: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Thrasher, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and Northern Cardinal.


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (75.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (66.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. More clouds. A deficit of 9.6 kWh. .

Tuesday (05-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Nighttime Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Independent young Fox out on its own again early this morning, captured by infrared video. The young fox is not much smaller than the neighborhood cats. The adult fox seen two nights earlier (03-May-2020) is larger than the local cats.

Daily Electric Energy Used (52.8 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (70.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A surplus of 17.6 kWh.


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Tuesday (31-March-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

One of the neighborhood cats hunting. Reminds me it is time to spread cotton balls that have been soaked with ivermectin around the backyard. The birds and mice bring them back to their nests which then helps to eliminate deer ticks.

Neighborhood Cat hunting in my backyard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Neighborhood Cat hunting in my backyard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (59.1 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (17.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Cloudy and rainy all day. A deficit of 41.3 kWh.

Monthly Electric Energy Used (1865 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and monthly Solar Electric Energy Produced (1277 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A deficit of 588 kWh. Maybe we will be positive in April…

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Tuesday (24-March-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

One of the neighborhood cats that often patrols my yard. At night looking for mice, in the day chasing the birds away from the bird feeder. It looks like one eye might be infected.

One of the neighborhood cats. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 1600, 100 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
One of the neighborhood cats. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 1600, 100 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (59.8 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (57.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun. A deficit of 2.4 kWh. Power was out for a couple of hours in the morning. For safety reasons, power from my solar panels is disconnected when the external power supply is down. I don’t know the reason for the power outage, but when I went online to report it got a message from PSE&G that they already knew that there was an outage in my neighborhood. I need to look into either a large battery backup, or an automatic backup generator.

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