Sunday (13-January-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

The predicted winter snowstorm didn’t happen. When I woke up there was barely a dusting of snow on the ground. Once the sun came out there were lots of birds at the feeders. Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Marsh Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, and Northern Cardinal. I wasn’t able to get any suet at the meat market this week. They gave me some pork fat instead. Initially the birds ignored it. The Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse and Marsh Wren finally started to nibble on it.

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Dark-eyed Junco. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens with 1.4x TC (David J Mathre)
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Junco? Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens with 1.4x TC (David J Mathre)









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Grey Squirrel. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens with 1.4x TC (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (11-December-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Critters on my patio and in my backyard. The bird feeder and the area below was busy (Mourning Dove, Yellow-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and Northern Cardinal). One of the relatively new birds to visit is the Yellow-breasted Nuthatch. It like the woodpeckers are attracted to the suet. The squirrels stayed on the ground going after the Black Walnuts. Later in the afternoon one of the neighborhood cats stopped by causing the birds to fly away. The deer look awfully scruffy. Later in the evening I got an image of the waxing crescent moon. All of these image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.






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Sunday (09-December-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Critters feeding on my patio — or how to spend a quiet birthday with a new lens (Fujicon 200 mm f/2 with 1.4x teleconverter).

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Junco with a Sunflower Seed. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens + 1.4x TC (David J Mathre)









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Tuesday (04-December-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Birds on the patio and bird feeder. Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Grey Junco, Tufted Titmouse.

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Tufted Titmouse. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (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)