Thursday (28-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day — Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Pileated Woodpecker, and Eastern Phoebe. I haven’t seen the Pileated Woodpecker in my yard for some time. I’ve heard it working on the neighbors trees looking for grubs. The Eastern Phoebes are back to just feeding the two young chicks in the nest.


Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Pileated Woodpecker. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Spring flowers of the day — Poppies (California, Oriental, Red), Bachelor Button, Crimson Clover, Tulip Tree, Cornflower, Forget-me-not, Rhododendron, Baby Blue Eyes, and Johnny Jump Up, Evening Primrose, and Daisy.


Spring Flowers of the Day – Portrait. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Spring Flowers of the Day — Landscape. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

I got part of the yard mowed before it started raining. Time-lapse video recorded using a Garmin VIRB-360 camera

Daily Electric Energy Used (47.3 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (24.9 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Fog in the morning and clouds in the afternoon. A deficit of 22.4 kWh.


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Thursday (14-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds for the day included House Finch (immature?), Northern Cardinal, and Brown-headed Cowbird. I continue to watch the Eastern Phoebes nest is above the front door. Spring flowers for the day include Crimson Clover, Allium, and California Poppy.


Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Eastern Phoebe nest.  Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens + 1.4x telelconverter (ISO 1600, 280 mm, f/2.8, 1/150 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Eastern Phoebe nest. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens + 1.4x telelconverter (ISO 1600, 280 mm, f/2.8, 1/150 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)


Flowers of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

I need greens so I can make milk for my new baby. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
I need greens so I can make milk for my new baby. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (47.5 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (82.6 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun. A surplus of 35.1 kWh.



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Wednesday (13-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds for the day included Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Eastern Phoebe. The pair of Eastern Phoebes nest is above the front door. I wonder if the parasitic cowbirds managed to lay an egg in the nest? The Eastern Pheobes now guard the area around the front door. Spring flowers for the day include Prunella Vulgaris (also known as Self-Heal, Heal-All, and Woundwort), Jack in the Pulpit, Five-spot, Siberian Wallflower, Crimson Clover, Allium, California Poppy, and Lilac.


Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Spring Flowers of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Eastern Phoebe nest.  Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 280, 105 mm, f/1.4, 1/250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Eastern Phoebe nest. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 280, 105 mm, f/1.4, 1/250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (48.8 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (90.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun. A surplus of 41.3 kWh.


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Tuesday (12-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

It was a busy day. Up very early to see the Waning Gibbous moon. Birds for the day included Mourning Dove, Gray Catbird, House Finch, Brown-headed Cowbird, Indigo Bunting, Chipping Sparrow, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The Indigo Bunting is new here. With all of the rain, the grass is growing fast and needed to be mowed. Afterwards, I took a walkabout and came upon both a Fowler’s Toad, and an American Bullfrog. Lots of early spring flowers including Prunella Vulgaris (also known as Self-Heal, Heal-All, and Woundwort), Jack in the Pulpit, Five-spot, Forget Me Not, Johnny Jump Up, Siberian Wallflower, Crimson Clover, Allium, California Poppy, Flax, Dogwood, and Bethlehem Star (Grass Lily). As a bonus, at the end of the day, I found a White Poppy flower. This is the first regular poppy to bloom outdoors this year. The California Poppies have been blooming for a couple of weeks now.

Waning Gibbous Moon. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Waning Gibbous Moon. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Birds Viewed from my Patio. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Male Indigo Bunting. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Male Indigo Bunting. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Fowler’s Toad. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Kermit the Bullfrog. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


May Flowers — Portrait Mode. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


May Flowers — Landscape Mode. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

White Poppy. Composite of 100 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 64, 60 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)
White Poppy. Composite of 100 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 64, 60 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (56.1 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (82.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun. A surplus of 26.4 kWh.


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Saturday (28-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey

Last fall I planted a section of wildflowers on the east side of the house where I used to have a kitchen garden. Until yesterday, the only flowers were Crimson (Italian) clover. Last night I noticed some other flowers about to open. This morning there were three California Poppy flowers, and one blue Cornflower (Bachelor Button). It looks like there will be many more Cornflowers. I also saw some other varieties of poppies about to open. As I was about to go back inside, I noticed a Snowberry Clearwing (hummingbird) moth feeding on the Rhododendron flowers. Previously, I had only seen hummingbird moths later in the season and only at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. There they favored Joe Pye Weed and Thistle flowers.

Crimson clover or Italian clover (Trifolium incarnatum). Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crimson clover or Italian clover (Trifolium incarnatum). Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crimson clover or Italian clover (Trifolium incarnatum). Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 450, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crimson clover or Italian clover (Trifolium incarnatum). Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 450, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)


California Poppy. Individual images in the Slideshow can be viewed by clicking on the above image.


Bachelor Button (Blue Cornflower) Wildflower. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bachelor Button (Blue Cornflower) Wildflower. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)


Snowberry Clearwing moth feeding on Rhododendron flowers.Individual images in the Slideshow can be viewed by clicking on the above image.