Friday (10-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Survived Tropical Storm Fay without any damage. A good amount of rain (3.3 inches, 84 mm), that filled the nearly dry pond. The frogs sounded happy.

Birds of the Day: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Brown-headed Cowbird, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, LBJ, Chipping Sparrow, and Gray Catbird. Can’t tell if the LBJ is a female House Finch, or immature/female Brown-headed Cowbird.


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Wildflowers of the Day: Teazel, Black-eyed Susan, Sunflower, Larkspur, Sweet William, and Marigold. This is the first Marigold flower of the season. Last year that section was mainly Marigold with some Bee Balm. This year the section is mainly Bee Balm, Lemon-Mint, Horsemint.


Backyard Summer Wildflowers of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (47.1 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (8.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of clouds and rain. A deficit of 38.6 kWh. At least the solar panels got well washed, and the rain barrels filled.


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Thursday (09-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Brown-headed Cowbird (female). A gang of 10+ noisy teenage Blue Jay’s took over the birdfeeders, until a Red-bellied Woodpecker showed up. The Blue Jay’s left without a fight.


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (58.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (64.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Finally some sun in the afternoon. A surplus of 6.3 kWh.


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Wednesday (08-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Brown-headed Cowbird (female), Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, and Song Sparrow.


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Summer Wildflowers of the Day: Larkspur and Daisy.

Larkspur after the rain. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Larkspur after the rain. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Daisy after the rain. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Daisy after the rain. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (58.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (39.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of Clouds and some rain. A deficit of 18.47 kWh.


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Tuesday (07-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, and Chipping Sparrow.


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The pond is nearly dry, but still has a number of frogs.


Kermit the Bullfrog and his relatives. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Summer Wildflowers of the Day: Sunflower, Black-eyed Susan, Four O’Clock, Red Poppy, Lemon-Mint, Horsemint, Bee Balm, Daisy, Sweet William, Thistle, and Teazel. The Bees really like the Bergamont (Bee Balm, Lemon Mint, Horsemint, Monarda). I like it because the deer don’t like it.


Summer Wildflowers. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (66.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (53.7 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of Clouds. A deficit of 12.7 kWh.


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Tuesday (30-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown-headed Cowbird


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Lots of flowers, almost too many to keep up with, and a couple I need to identify. Flowers of the Day: Poppies (Red, Pink, Oriental, Icelandic), Bachelor Button, Cornflower, Spiderwort, Larkspur, Chicory, Cosmos, Red Coreopsis, Delphinium, Sweet William, Thistle, Monarda citriodora, Lemon Mint Lemon Beebalm, Lemon Horsemint, Purple Horsemint, Lemon Bergamot, Foxglove, Black-eyed Susan, Plains Coreopsis, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, Sunflower, Common Mullein, Yellow Prickly Pear, Yucca, Teasel, and May Apple. Supposedly, Turtles eat the seeds from May Apples since they are low to the ground. New May Apple plants then crop up where the turtle excret the seeds. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any turtles this year.


Poppies (portrait). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Poppies (landscape). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (Blue & Purple). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (Red or Pink). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (Yellow). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (White) plus May Apples. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Critters of the Day: Frogs, Squirrel, and Deer. The pond is drying out so the frogs are having to live closer together.


Kermit and his close relatives (also named Kermit). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Doe with horseflies. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Doe with horseflies. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Squirrel in the air. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Squirrel in the air. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Doe with horseflies and two fawns. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Doe with horseflies and two fawns. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (49.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (60.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Mixed clouds and some sun. A surplus of 11.2 kWh.

Monthly Electric Energy Used (1491 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (2080 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. A surplus of 589 kWh.


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