Monday (28-March-2022) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard: Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, European Starling, American Robin, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal. It’s cold out there and the birds return.


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.

Indoor Hydroponic Flowers. The California Poppies continue to produce flowers. A new yellow Icelandic Poppy joined the white Icelandic poppy. Also a white Poppy with pink lace bloomed (probably a Red Poppy). Unfortunately, both started opening before the LED Hydroponic Farm lights went on at 05:30 AM. So the time-lapse video today is the later part of the flower opening. The flower bud for a Turkish Tulip Poppy is ready to open. So I will have a camera ready to capture it tomorrow morning (before the Hydroponic LED lights go on).


California Poppy Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Icelandic Poppy Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Pink and White (Red) Poppy Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (104.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (45.1 kWh) from Sense. Sun and clouds, but much colder. Deficit of 59.6 kWh.

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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.

Monday (21-February-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Fourth and final 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-tailed Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, European Starling, American Robin, House Sparrow, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal. The birds were skittish until a band of Blue Jays harassed and chased away a Red-tailed Hawk.


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 (91.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (48.6kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny but colder. Deficit of 42.8 kWh.

Saturday (19-February-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Second day of the Annual Backyard Bird Count. Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Canada Geese, Mourning Dove, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, European Starling, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, 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.


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

At one point an American Crow showed up with a mouse? for lunch.


Crow with a mouse. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (107.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (27.7 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny in the morning then snow squall and colder in the afternoon. Deficit of 79.8 kWh.

Friday (11-February-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco. Other than one Dark-eyed Junco, the small birds stayed away while the hawk and vultures were in area.


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

Time-lapse video of Osteospermum seedling taken with a Leica SL2s camera and Laowa 24 mm f/14 macro probe lens (24 mm, ISO 2000, f/40, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and time-lapse video created with PhotoShop CC (1080p, 12p).

Daily Electric Energy Used (80.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (43.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny. Deficit of 36.8 kWh.