Tuesday (13-October-2020) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The flock of feisty Pine Siskin descended on the birdfeeders in the morning. Then all of a sudden the birds disappeared. I noticed a Cooper’s Hawk perched on a tree in the backyard. After the hawk left, some of the local birds (Mourning Dove, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Finch, and a few Pine Siskins) returned to the birdfeeders. Also in the afternoon a number of Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures found a dead critter.


Pine Siskins at the Birdfeeders. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Cooper’s Hawk. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Afternoon at the Birdfeeders. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (36.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (20.7 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. Geothermal HVAC system off. A deficit of 15.5 kWh.

Monday (12-October-2020) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

More bands of rain from Hurricane Delta remnants kept the birds away in the morning. The birdfeeders were then swarmed by a flock of feisty Pine Siskin. Only a few of the local birds were able to get to the birdfeeders

Afternoon at the Birdfeeders: Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Finch, Pine Siskin, and American Goldfinch.


Afternoon at the Birdfeeders. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (36.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (5.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and rain from the Hurricane Delta remnants. Geothermal HVAC system off. A deficit of 30.9 kWh.

Saturday (10-October-2020) — New Jersey

Early Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Still a small number of birds visiting the backyard patio birdfeeder. The “blind in one eye” House Finch from earlier this summer is still around.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Tufted Titmouse and House Finch.


Afternoon at the Birdfeeders. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (34.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (26.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. More clouds. Geothermal HVAC system off. A deficit of 7.9 kWh.

Thursday (08-October-2020) — New Jersey

Early Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

For the last 10 days very few birds visited the backyard patio birdfeeders. I’m not sure if they got scared away by the Bald Eagle or Cooper’s Hawk — or maybe the neighborhood cat(s). I stopped doing the time-lapse image collection since so few birds were visiting.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Tufted Titmouse, and House Finch


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (38.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (40.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. The sun returned. Geothermal HVAC system off. A surplus of 2.0 kWh.

Friday (25-September-2020) — New Jersey

Early Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Gray Catbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


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

Contact me if you are interested in a Time-lapse Video of the session at the Birdfeeders. My setup for the birdfeeder images is a Nikon D850 camera and 200 mm f/2 VR lens set to take one image every 5 seconds over a 5 hour period (~3600 images). The new time-lapse video format is 720p (1080 x 720 pixels) and 1 frame/second. The length of the video is about 1 hour in a 1 GB MP4 file. The previous time-lapse videos of the birdfeeders were at 12 frames/second, and to be honest were too fast to identify the birds.

Daily Electric Energy Used (38.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (37.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy. Geothermal HVAC system off. A deficit of 0.6 kWh.