Monday (16-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Male House Finch working the Bird Feeder. Unlike the Blue Jay, the House Finch is able to crack a sunflower seed in its mouth, and extract the seed. Much more efficient feeding, since it doesn’t need to go away to crack the sunflower seed open.

Male House Finch with a Sunflower Seed. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Male House Finch with a Sunflower Seed. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)

Wednesday (04-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds at the bird feeder. Blue Jay, Brown Cowbird, House Finch, and Northern Cardinal. The blue jay has to take the sunflower seeds away to pound them against something hard. In addition to the adult cowbird, it appears that there are several juveniles. The cowbirds are brood parasites, laying their eggs in other birds species nests. I wonder if it was with the house finches? Another bird spending a lot of time here is the bright red cardinal.




Male Northern Cardinal. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Male Northern Cardinal. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Sunday (03-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds at the bird feeder.





Saturday (02-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey and Local Farmers Market.

Birds at the bird feeder and the first Montgomery Farmer’s Market. Individual images can be viewed here.



Thursday (31-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds at the bird feeder, and deer close-up. I think the larger bird in the first image is a female red-crested finch. While taking some of these images a deer walked right next to the patio to chew on some grass.

House Finch and Rose-crested Grosbeak. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
House Finch and Rose-crested Grosbeak. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)