Sunday (17-October-2021) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, European Starling, House Finch, Northern Cardinal. For the second day in a row there were no birds around the birdfeeder in the morning. This time it was a Cooper’s Hawk up in a tree being harassed by a troop of noisy Blue Jays. Once the hawk left, some birds did show up at the birdfeeder.


Cooper’s Hawk (being harassed by Blue Jays). 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.

Security infrared video of a raccoon trying to steal the food out of a rat trap. Maybe the raccoon will stay away for a while. The only thing left in the garden are hot peppers. Just want the rats (and raccoons) to stay away from the bird feeders.

Daily Electric Energy Used (43.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (30.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. Deficit of 12.5 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (314 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (186 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Deficit of 128 kWh.

Friday (01-May-2020) — New Jersey

Outdoor Nighttime Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Raccoons are back on the patio. They don’t seem to be following social distancing rules.

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.9 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (51.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The sun was out after the rain passe. A surplus of 0.2 kWh.


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Monday (20-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Tufted Titmouse and American Goldfinch at the bird feeders. I was amazed at how fast the American Goldfinch emptied the sunflower seed bird feeder. An American Robin was looking for worms. Although some robins stay for the winter, I think this one is a spring migrant after spending the winter in Florida. Lots of spring flowers are out. Grape Hyacinth, Tulip, and Daffodils. The Japanese Maple tree now has red leaves. Another of the local Raccoon pack wandered into the Havahart trap on my patio. This one didn’t figure out the Houdini trick to escape and had to spend the night in jail. After being processed, it will need to find a new home away from my patio and Victory vegetable garden.

Tufted Titmouse. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 640, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tufted Titmouse. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 640, 600 mm, f/4. 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pair of American Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pair of American Goldfinch. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
American Robin. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/80 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
American Robin. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/80 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Purple Grape Hyacinth flowers.  Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Purple Grape Hyacinth flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Spring tulips that survived the winter and deer. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Fancy Daffodils. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Backlit spring red Maple leaves.  Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Backlit spring red Maple leaves. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Not Houdini. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (60.0 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (46.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds. A deficit of 13.6 kWh.


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Friday (17-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Nighttime Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Houdini, the Raccoon got trapped then escaped from the Haveaheart trap.

Daily Electric Energy Used (61.1 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (54.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds. A deficit of 6.8 kWh.


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Thursday (16-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Nighttime Spring Nature in New Jersey.

The raccoon just ran by and ignored the new bait.

Daily Electric Energy Used (53.7 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (71.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun (some clouds). A surplus of 17.6 kWh.


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