Saturday (21-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens. Wildflowers, a Tiger Swallowtail and Bumblebee on a Mexican Sunflower, and immature Goldfinch working the sunflowers.


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Yesterday Electric Energy Used (53.7 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (52.6 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun and cooler. The Geothermal HVAC was off. Server backup and new hydroponic garden online. Overall a net deficit of 1.1 kWh.

Daily Electric Energy Used (66.0 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (51.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Warmer out so the Geothermal HVAC was back on (5.2 kWh), Using more electricity while running server backups, laundry (3.7 kWh) and new hydroponic garden. Overall a net deficit of 14.7 kWh.

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Sunday (15-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout with a Fuji X-H1 camera,  80 mm f/2.8 macro lens, and 1.4x teleconverter or a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 VR lens. It is late summer an a lot of the wildflowers are fading so I took a series of images of the wildflowers that remain. There is a red flower that I originally thought was an Indian Paintbrush. The deer and/or rabbits really like it since most of the flowers are consumed soon after blooming. The stem and leaves are also red, so I really don’t know its identity. The deer left the Marigold and Lemon Mint flowers that the Bumblebees like. One type of Bumblebee is nearly twice the size of the other ones. After going nearly a week without seeing any butterflies, I was pleased to see a Monarch, Tiger Swallowtail, Painted Lady, Skipper, and the new one for this year a Pipevine Swallowtail. The Goldfinch and other birds are busy feasting on the Sunflowers. Even though the pond in nearly empty, a few Bullfrogs remain.


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Goldfinch feeding on Sunflowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Goldfinch feeding on Sunflowers. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Kermit the Bullfrog. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Kermit the Bullfrog. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.4 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (57.2 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun but warmer again. The Geothermal HVAC used 10.7 kWh. Overall a net surplus of 6.8 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (311 kWh) and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (277 kWh) for a net deficit of 34 kWh. Several cloudy days last week.

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Sunday (08-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

A flock of small yellow birds have been feasting on the flowers and seeds in my wildflower meadows. The first two images I took from inside the house through a window of an immature Pine Warbler and an immature Goldfinch. Later on when I went out to check the back wildflower meadows I found one of the electric fences destroyed. Over 20 of the fence posts were broken near the ground the fence and wires pulled into the woods. Looks like a stampede passed through the meadow.

Immature Pine Warbler(?). Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Immature Pine Warbler(?). Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Immature Goldfinch. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Immature Goldfinch. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Southwest Wildflower Meadow Fence. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Southwest Wildflower Meadow Fence. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Southwest Wildflower Meadow Fence. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Southwest Wildflower Meadow Fence. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (35.5 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (49.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Partly cloudy all day. Still cool enough that the windows can be left open and no need to run the Geothermal HVAC. Overall a net surplus of 13.6 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (288 kWh) and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (307 kWh) for a net surplus of 19 kWh.

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Friday (06-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Cloudy, cool, and practically no wind. Hurricane Dorian passed well to the east of the state. During my daily walkabout, I saw a large number (flock?) of Goldfinches feeding on the smaller Sunflowers. A number of the birds must have just fledged, and their parents were feeding them cracked sunflower seeds. Apparently the young birds haven’t figured out how the crack the seeds yet. Another immature Goldfinch appeared to be pecking at the Sunflower stalk for food. Later on I saw an immature Goldfinch appear to be eating Zinnia flower petals

Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Immature Goldfinch on wire. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Immature Goldfinch on wire. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (36.9 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (14.9 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Very cloudy, and cooler for a net deficit of 22 kWh.

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Sunday (01-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. The smaller Sunflowers have wilted, and are being ravaged by a flock of Goldfinch and another small yellow bird (Philadelphia Vireo?).

Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Daily Electric Energy Used (47.0 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (60.2 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Some clouds but still a net surplus of 13.2 kWh.

Weekly electric energy used (318 kWh) and solar electric energy produced (401 kWh) for a net surplus of 83 kWh.

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