Sunday (27-February-2022) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Mourning Dove, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-Tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tufted Titmouse, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal. A “wake” of both Turkey and Black Vultures returned just after sunrise to continue feeding on a dead critter. Mid-morning all of the vultures disappeared when a Bald Eagle showed up for a late breakfast. After the eagle left, the vultures returned. Then in the early afternoon a Red-tailed Hawk showed up. The vultures and hawks alternated feeding on the remaining carcass.


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


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


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


Bald Eagle. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Red-tailed Hawk. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (92.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (54.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny but cold. Deficit of 35.4 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (629 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (224 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Deficit of 405 kWh.

Sunday (20-February-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Third day of the Annual Backyard Bird Count. Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, American Robin, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (114.9 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (48.6kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny but colder. Deficit of 66.3 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (684 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (223kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. . Deficit of 66.3 kWh.

Friday (04-February-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, European Starling, American Robin, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal. A flock of 40+ American Robins and 20+ European Starling invaded the backyard after the rain stopped. Presumably feasting on worms. Later on the American Robins almost completely stripped the Holly Berries from my Holly Tree.


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


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


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


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (78.1 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (4.4 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy, snow then rain. Deficit of 73.7 kWh.

Wednesday (12-January-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco.


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (96.1 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (30.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny, solar panels clear of snow. Geothermal HVAC heating the house, much of the day stage 2. The supplemental 10 kw resistance heater kicked in as it was really cold out during the night. Deficit of 65.3 kWh.

Sunday (12-December-2021) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, American Robin, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal.


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

Night sky and star trails using a Leica Q2 Monochrome camera. One limitation is the camera takes a 2nd blank (shutter closed) exposure to subtract out sensor noise anytime the exposure is > 4 seconds or the ISO is > 100. With other cameras from Nikon and Fuji, I am able to turn the long exposure noise reduction off, Also, when taking an interval collecting both DNG and JPG the camera stops collecting images after 5 minutes (60 exposures). When recording DNG images, the camera collects 50 minutes (600 exposures). Images were processed with Capture One Pro, and the star trails created using PhotoShop (statistics, maximum).

Star Trails. (David J Mathre)
Moon and Star Trails. Composite of 60 images taken with a Leica Q2 Monochrome camera and 28 mm f/1.7 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/2, 4 seconds). (David J Mathre)
Startrails. (David J Mathre)
Moon, Star, and Jet Trails. Composite of 600 images taken with a Leica Q2 Monochrome camera and 28 mm f/1.7 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/2, 4 seconds). (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (53.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (30.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Mostly sunny. Geothermal HVAC heating the house. Deficit of 23.1 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (400 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (128 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Geothermal HVAC heating the house. Deficit of 272 kWh.