Monday (19-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors backyard and the patio birdfeeder: Mourning Dove, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Hairy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


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


Vultures. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Early springtime flowers: Daffodil, Dandelion, Grape Hyacinth, Maple Tree, Plum Tree, Tulip, Violet, unidentified Yellow, and unidentified White.


Early Springtime Flowers (landscape mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery. <


Early Springtime Flowers (portrait mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Tulip opening time-lapse videos. Two cameras: (Leica SL2 camera with a 50 mm f/1.4 lens) and (Fuji X-H1 with a 50-140 mm OIS lens).

Yardwork — Mowing the Lawn and using the Leaf Vac to move Black Tree Mulch. Time-lapse video using a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.

Daily Electric Energy Used (57.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (51.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. A deficit of 6.1 kWh.

Thursday (15-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors backyard and the patio birdfeeder: Turkey Vulture, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Early spring flowers blooming: Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth, Garlic, Onion, Pieris japonica, and Tulip. The Pieris japonica (Japanese Andromeda) is one of the few shrubs in my yard that the deer avoid.


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (41.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (14.7 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy. A deficit of 27.0 kWh.

Wednesday (14-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors to the patio birdfeeder: Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Early spring flowers blooming: Daffodils, Dandelions, Grape Hyacinth, Tulip, and Violets. Time-lapsed video of the Tulip opening.


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (49.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (42.4 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy. A deficit of 7.0 kWh.

Saturday (02-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

More birds at the feeder today. In the morning: Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, and Chipping Sparrow. In the afternoon: Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Carolina Wren. The Carolina Wren actually was on the roof with a grub in its mouth. It was also calling out letting folks know it had a grub. I’m not sure if it was trying to attract a mate, or to get a young bird to fledge and get out of the nest. In the afternoon, I mowed the lawn for the first time this year. The grass was getting to be ankle high. I hadn’t mowed earlier because a tire on the lawn tractor was flat. While mowing, I noticed a number of small wildflowers already blooming. I haven’t planted andy wildflower seeds yet this spring, so these are either native, or have self-seeded from last year. Later in the afternoon, I went for a walkabout in the yard to document the early May flowers: Johnny-Jump-Up, Blue Forget me Not, Grape Hyacinth, Plum Tree, Siberian Wallflower, Five-Spots, Prunella Vulgaris (also known as Self-Heal, Heal-All, and Woundwort), Baby Blue Eyes, wild Violet (Viola), Jack in the Pulpit, Lilac, California Poppy, Allium bud, Star of Bethlehem, Strawberry, Yellow Tulip.


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


Birds in the Afternoon and Early Evening. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Carolina Wren with a slug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 320, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Carolina Wren with a grub. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 320, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)


Early May Backyard Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Early May Backyard Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (45.9 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (69.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Sunny, but the power was out for a couple of hours in the afternoon. A surplus of 23.6 kWh.


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Monday (20-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Tufted Titmouse and American Goldfinch at the bird feeders. I was amazed at how fast the American Goldfinch emptied the sunflower seed bird feeder. An American Robin was looking for worms. Although some robins stay for the winter, I think this one is a spring migrant after spending the winter in Florida. Lots of spring flowers are out. Grape Hyacinth, Tulip, and Daffodils. The Japanese Maple tree now has red leaves. Another of the local Raccoon pack wandered into the Havahart trap on my patio. This one didn’t figure out the Houdini trick to escape and had to spend the night in jail. After being processed, it will need to find a new home away from my patio and Victory vegetable garden.

Tufted Titmouse. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 640, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tufted Titmouse. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 640, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pair of American Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pair of American Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
American Robin. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/80 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
American Robin. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/80 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Purple Grape Hyacinth flowers.  Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Purple Grape Hyacinth flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Spring tulips that survived the winter and deer. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Fancy Daffodils. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Backlit spring red Maple leaves.  Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Backlit spring red Maple leaves. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Not Houdini. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (60.0 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (46.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds. A deficit of 13.6 kWh.


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