Saturday (16-October-2021) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed at the birdfeeder and in the backyard: Mourning Dove, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, House Finch. Early in the morning there were no birds around the birdfeeder. I noticed the Red-tailed 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. Late in the afternoon as a storm approached, the sky was full of Turkey Vultures soaring ahead of the dark clouds.


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

Mid-afternoon a Monarch butterfly showed up and started feeding on a Butterfly Bush. I’m not sure if it is the same Monarch from yesterday. The wind was picking up as a storm approached, but the butterfly held on tight while it continued to feed on the nectar. It kept coming back for a good two hours. It needs to fuel up for the long trip to Mexico, or where ever the east coast Monarch’s go to hibernate. I got lots of pictures.


Monarch butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly on a post. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly on a post. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly resting on a bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly resting on a post. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly resting on a bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly resting on a bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Monarch butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (48.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (32.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. Deficit of 16.4 kWh.

Fourteen-Years Ago (03-April-2007) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey

Afternoon walkabout: Great Blue Heron, American Crow, Red-tailed Hawk, American Robin, Northern Cardinal. My eBird Checklist.


Afternoon walkabout. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Two-Years Ago (20-March-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey

Morning walkabout: Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, American Robin. My eBird Checklist.


Viewed from my backyard patio with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f4 VR lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Two-Years Ago (19-March-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey

Morning walkabout and patio birdfeeder: Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Cardinal. My eBird Checklist.


Morning backyard walkabout with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm VRII lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Monday (08-March-2021) — New Jersey

Wintertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors to the backyard and birdfeeder: Mourning Dove, Black Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (71.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (60.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny. Geothermal HVAC system on. A deficit of 10.7 kWh.