Friday (06-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Cloudy, cool, and practically no wind. Hurricane Dorian passed well to the east of the state. During my daily walkabout, I saw a large number (flock?) of Goldfinches feeding on the smaller Sunflowers. A number of the birds must have just fledged, and their parents were feeding them cracked sunflower seeds. Apparently the young birds haven’t figured out how the crack the seeds yet. Another immature Goldfinch appeared to be pecking at the Sunflower stalk for food. Later on I saw an immature Goldfinch appear to be eating Zinnia flower petals

Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Adult feeding immature Goldfinch Sunflower seed. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Immature Goldfinch on wire. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Immature Goldfinch on wire. Image taken with a Nikon 1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (36.9 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (14.9 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Very cloudy, and cooler for a net deficit of 22 kWh.

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Tuesday (03-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. I mainly focused on flowers today. Bumblebee on a Marigold, a Blue Larkspur, various Sunflowers, Zinnias, and a Hummingbird Clearwing moth (white legs) attracted to Lemon Mint flowers. I didn’t see any butterflies.

Bumblebee working a Marigold flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bumblebee working a Marigold flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Larkspur (Delphinium) flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Larkspur (Delphinium) flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 320, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 320, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Zinnia flowers. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 220, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Zinnia flowers. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 220, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hummingbird Clearwing moth attracted to a Lemon Mint flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hummingbird Clearwing moth attracted to a Lemon Mint flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hummingbird Clearwing moth attracted to a Lemon Mint flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hummingbird Clearwing moth attracted to a Lemon Mint flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (47.8 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (63.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun, and higher temperatures for a net surplus of 15.5 kWh.

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Sunday (01-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. The smaller Sunflowers have wilted, and are being ravaged by a flock of Goldfinch. The tall Sunflowers, most taller than I am are still blooming and attracting Bees and Bumble Bees.

Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 220, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 220, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunflower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (47.0 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (60.2 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Some clouds but still a net surplus of 13.2 kWh.

Weekly electric energy used (318 kWh) and solar electric energy produced (401 kWh) for a net surplus of 83 kWh.

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Friday (23-August-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily Walkabout, today with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens. It was cloudy with light rain. Also 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. The Fuji X-T3 camera is supposed to be weather resistant. [I did have a Fuji X-T1 camera fail six months after visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and was told that the camera was not repairable due to water damage to the electronic circuits.] No butterflies or hummingbird moths out since it was raining, so today is all Sunflowers.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (43.0 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (21.2 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Cooler outside temperatures reduced the need for cooling, but much less sunlight reduced the solar energy generated, for a net deficit of 21.8 kWh. Cooler weather expected tomorrow!

One note — the WaterFurnace Symphony software indicated the system used 4 kWh, however the Sense Energy monitor indicated that the geothermal heat pump used 7 kWh. I tend to believe the Sense numbers since they more closely the energy being recorded at the external power company (PSE&G) meters. I’ve asked the WaterFurnace folks in the past about the discrepancy, but they didn’t have a good answer. The Sense folks told me they thought that the WaterFurnace/Symphony system was only measuring one phase of the energy even though the system is powered by the 220V circuit (using two phases). I wish an electrical engineer that understands this better would correct me here.

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Monday (19-August-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily Walkabout, today with a Nikon Df camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. The thing I like about this camera is that it light for a DSLR, and has the same full-frame 35 mm sensor as the Nikon D4 camera. I have to admit that the camera failed on me once while in Antarctica when the shutter failed. The 70-300 mm lens is also relatively light. This post is about the flowers. Sunflowers, Zinnia, Black-eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy. The red flower I couldn’t identify yesterday appears to be a Mexican Sunflower.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (66.1 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (65.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Fewer clouds and more sun. The WaterFurnace geothermal HVAC had to work harder (25.6 kWh) because the temperature outside went above 90°F. Daily net deficit 0.6 kWh.

One note — the WaterFurnace Symphony software indicated the system used 16 kWh, however the Sense Energy monitor indicated that the geothermal heat pump used 25.6 kWh. I tend to believe the Sense numbers since they more closely the energy being recorded at the external power company (PSE&G) meters. I’ve asked the WaterFurnace folks in the past about the discrepancy, but they didn’t have a good answer. The Sense folks told me they thought that the WaterFurnace/Symphony system was only measuring one phase of the energy even though the system is powered by the 220V circut (using two phases). I wish an electrical engineer that understands this better would correct me here.


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