Wednesday (13-October-2021) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, House Finch, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal.


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

Flowers and Bee. (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee and Cosmos. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (46.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (12.4 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy Deficit of 33.6 kWh.

Tuesday (12-October-2021) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, House Finch, Northern Cardinal.


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (43.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (19.3 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and some sun. Deficit of 24.1 kWh.

Saturday (09-October-2021) — New Jersey

Autumn Nature in New Jersey. October Big Day.

This was the annual October Big Day for birdwatching. The morning was cloudy and cool (more like dreary). I first went to the Sourland Mountain Preserve. There were no Canada geese in the pond, so I hiked up the pipeline path. Lots of noisy Blue Jays. A Northern Flicker up in a tree. Some other small birds high up in the canopy that I wasn’t able to get pictures or identify. On the way back down to the pond, I got an image of a female (or immature) Eastern Towhee. When I got to the pond a Great Blue Heron flew to the other side of the pond. Several Turkey Vultures were also soaring over the preserve.

I then went to the local weekly Farmers Market in the parking lot of Village Shopper III in Rocky Hill. I was surprised to see two Black Vultures watching over the market from the roof of one of the stores.

The only birds I observed visiting my birdfeeder during the day were House Finches. I then went for a bike ride to look for other birds in the neighborhood. I did observe a flock of Canada Geese flying in a loose formation. Also, a Chipping Sparrow on a telecommunication cable.

Birds of the day. Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee.


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

While out looking for birds I also took pictures of the late season wildflowers in the area. Because it wasn’t very bright out some of the images are noisy. At the Sourland Mountain Preserve: Eastern Daisy Fleabane, Honeysuckle, and Lance Leaf Coreopsis. While on the bike ride Knapweed and Yellow Toadflax (Wild Snapdragon).


Flowers of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Little planet time-lapse video of the bike ride taken with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera. Note: you can expand the video to full screen, and I added some piano music by John Matthew Rosenberg recorded on my last Semester at Sea voyage back in 2016.

Daily Electric Energy Used (42.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (15.4 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy. Deficit of 27.0 kWh.

Fourteen-Years Ago (28-May-2007) — Colorado

Springtime Nature in Colorado

Boulder Residence Inn. Northern Flicker My eBird Checklist.


Northern Flicker. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Longs Peak Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. American Three-toed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Yellow-rumped Warbler. My eBird Checklist.


Longs Peak Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (some with a 1.4, 1.7, or 2.0x teleconverter). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Lily Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. Mallard, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle. My eBird Checklist.


Lily Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (some with a 1.4, 1.7, or 2.0x teleconverter). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Sunday (03-January-2021) — New Jersey

Wintertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors to the backyard and birdfeeder: Black Vulture, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal.


Backyard Birdfeeder. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (75.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (2.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and rain. Geothermal HVAC system on. A deficit of 72.6 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (492 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (126 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Geothermal HVAC system on. A deficit of 366 kWh.