Thursday (19-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Chipping Sparrow at the bird feeder, and a very scrawny yearling deer. It was a long winter, and weather in March was difficult for finding food. Now the grass is turning green and starting to grow — which becomes the major food source for the deer.



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Wednesday (18-April-2018) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

It often seems that animals only want to look away and/or show their backside as soon as they see a camera lens.

Chipping Sparrow Looking Away. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow Looking Away. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (17-April-2018) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Some bigger birds stopped by the new bird feeders. Actually, they stayed on the ground below the feeder to work on the spilled seeds. First a male, then female Northern Cardinal. They were soon followed by a Blue Jay that chased the Cardinals away. After the Blue Jay left, a Mourning Dove showed up. Only small birds worked the bird feeders. The Black Crows stayed out in the grass, searching for insects.

American Black Crow. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 360, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
American Black Crow. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 360, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)






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Monday (09-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime in New Jersey.

Colorful clouds at dawn, rye bread, chipping sparrows, and a local cat. When the cat showed up, the small birds disappeared.


Hearty Whole Wheat & Rye Bread Recipe: Whole Wheat Flour (1 cup); Sprouted Wheat Flour (1 cup); Rye Flour (1 cup); flax seed (1/4 cup); chia seed (1 tbs); caraway seed (1 tbs); fennel seed (1 tbs); anise seed (1 tbs), dill seed (1 tbs); brown sugar (2 tbs); dry milk (1/4 cup); salt (1 tsp); instant coffee (1 tbs); cocoa powder (1 tbs); egg (1 large); flax oil (2 tbs); water (1 1/3 cup); molasses (1/4 cup). Above ingredients minus the molasses added to Panasonic Bread Bakery. Yeast (2 tsp) added to yeast hopper and the unit set for Whole Wheat Bread (Rapid) and started. Once the unit started mixing the ingredients the molasses was slowly added. Three hours later, the loaf of bread was removed and allowed to cool.



Black & White Neighborhood Cat. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 720, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black & White Neighborhood Cat. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 720, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)