Tuesday (20-July-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, American Robin, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


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

Two types of Dragonflies viewed near the backyard pond. One with an all black body and clear wings (Darth Vader). The other one had a blue body and green eyes. They were observed mating and laying eggs in the water.


Dragonflies of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (67.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (58.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun, hot, hazy, and a few clouds. A deficit of 8.7 kWh.

Saturday (05-June-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Spring flowers blooming: Red Poppy, California Poppy, Daisy. I found some Milkweed plants in the far backyard (not blooming yet).


Red Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


California Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Wildflowers of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Insects of the day: Cabbage White (butterfly) and Dragonfly.


Insects of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Kermit was busy procreating in the pond. Look closely and you can see the eggs behind the pair of frogs. Will have to start watching for tadpoles.


Frogs of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (64.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (82.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny. A surplus of 17.6 kWh.

Friday (04-June-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds viewed in the backyard: Female Brown-headed Cowbird.


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

Dragonfly and Brood X Cicada on the deer fence.


Insects of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Spring flowers blooming: Love-in-a-Mist, Red Poppy, California Poppy, Baby Blue Eyes, Baby Snapdragon, Sweet Alyssum.


Love-in-a-Mist. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Red Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


California Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (54.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (36.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Rain and clouds. A deficit of 17.6 kWh.

Wednesday (02-June-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Lot of images today. Birds, Frogs, Snakes, Insects, and Flowers. The Brood X Cicadas are everywhere and continue singing their love song.

Birds viewed in the backyard and near the patio birdfeeder: American Robin, House Finch. The American Robin was feeding on a Cicada.


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

Kermit the Bullfrog and all of his relatives in the pond are getting fat fast this spring. Presumably out feeding on the Cicadas.


Bullfrogs in the pond. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

While working on the back wildflower meadow, I turned over some cardboard and found this Garter Snake.


Garter Snake. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Insects/bugs observed during the day include Cicada (Brood X), Dragonfly, Damselfly, Grasshopper, Cabbage White Butterfly, Water-walker, and tick(?).


Insects and other bugs. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Spring flowers blooming: Love-in-a-Mist, Red Poppy, California Poppy, Sweet Alyssum, Rhododendron, Baby Blue Eyes, Sweet William, Daisy, Blue-eyed Grass, Beardtongue Foxglove, Siberian Wallflower, Evening Primrose, Clematis, Honeysuckle, and Poison Ivy. The Poison Ivy flowers were on a giant 3 inch diameter vine climbing on a dead tree.


Love-in-a-Mist. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Red Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


California Poppy. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


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


Poison Ivy Vine and Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (51.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (56.2 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. A surplus of 4.5 kWh.

Saturday (15-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Kermit and his Bullfrog brothers and sisters have been making lots of noise in the back pond. I am finally able to get close enough to get some images. Earlier in the year they have been very skittish — jumping into the pond with the slightest bit of motion. The pond is also full of many tadpoles, so there should be many more frogs through the summer. I have not seed the turtle yet this year.

Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)



Dragonfly at the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly at the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)


Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)

Daily Power Use (63.2 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (80.32 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I reduced the indoor temperature provided by the WaterFurnace Geothermal HVAC system.

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