Tuesday (21-January-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Regulars at my bird feeder this morning. Blue Jay and Red-bellied Woodpecker


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Daily Electric Energy Used (95.3 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (40.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Sunny Day. A deficit of 54.9 kWh.

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Friday (17-January-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

There have been a number of comments in the local neighborhood site about the lack of birds at bird feeders this winter. I am still seeing some, maybe not as many as last year. It has been warmer, so maybe some of the birds are finding other sources of food. Today, the following birds have been feeding on my patio and at my bird feeder: Blue Jay, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal, and Red-bellied Woodpecker.


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Cowbird. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Cowbird. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Cowbird. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Cowbird. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Female Northern Cardinal. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Female Northern Cardinal. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Daily Electric Energy Used (93.3 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (39.9 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun. A deficit of 53.4 kWh.

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Wednesday (15-January-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

There have been a number of comments in the local neighborhood site about the lack of birds (or squirrels) at bird feeders this winter. I am still seeing some, maybe not as many as last year. It has been warmer, so maybe some of the birds are finding other sources of food. Today, the following birds (and a squirrel) have been feeding on my patio and at my bird feeder: Black-capped Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, House Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse.


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House Wren. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
House Wren. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Squirrel with a black walnut. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Squirrel with a black walnut. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Squirrel with a black walnut. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Squirrel with a black walnut. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (77.3 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (36.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun. A deficit of 41.2 kWh.

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Tuesday (03-December-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

New birds at the feeder on a snowy day — Blue Jay and Red-bellied Woodpecker on a snowy day.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (80.5 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (6.77 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy.  Snow covered the solar panels. Overall a net deficit of 73.7 kWh.

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Wednesday (03-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Another hot summer day. Red-bellied Woodpecker at the bird feeder. It likes the sunflower seeds, and is aggressive enough to keep the Blue Jay and Cardinal away. A doe walked by covered with black flies. Some wide views of the wildflower gardens and meadows. Then closeup, macro images of the flowers and wildflowers: Red allium, Black-eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Cornflower, Cosmos, Creeping Daisy, Five spots, Forget-me-not, Godetia, Italian clover, Larkspur, Leopard’s bane, Love-in-a-mist, Phlox, Poppy, Sunflower, Yucca, Zinnia, and several I have not identified. Since it is hotter on the patio where I have my garden towers, the hot peppers are already turning red.

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Hot Peppers. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hot Peppers. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hot Peppers. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hot Peppers. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (61.6 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (55.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The outside temperatures were high, so the geothermal HVAC system was working hard and I ended up using more energy that the solar panels could produce. You can see in the graph that there were clouds that reduced the solar energy production.

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