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 (11-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Small birds at and on the ground below the bird feeder. A number of seeds had been dumped on the ground during the wind storm the other night. Some birds only feed at the feeder, others only on the ground, and some work both locations. In today’s set, House Finch, Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, and Mourning Pigeon. As it started getting dark, the deer came through so I had to up the ISO for the images.



Tuesday (10-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Scruffy deer and black crows working the back lawn. The deer are trimming the grass, waiting for more delectable treats out of my garden. The crows appear to be going after small insects (maybe the stink bugs!!!).

Scruffy Deer and Black Crow. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 560, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Scruffy Deer and Black Crow. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 560, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)



Thursday (05-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

With nothing much left to eat, the deer are keeping the grass in my backyard short. How many deer ticks are they leaving behind???