Monday (16-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

A House Finch and Tufted Titmouse at the bird feeder after a rainstorm.

House Finch and Tufted Titmouse on a Wet Bird Feeder Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 180, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
House Finch and Tufted Titmouse on a Wet Bird Feeder Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 180, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (14-April-2018) — New Jersey

Outdoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Many of the small birds visiting the new bird feeder pick up a sunflower seed, and then fly off to extract the kernel from the shell. Some have learned to crack the seed and discard the shell while staying at the bird feeder.

House Finch Eating Sunflower Seeds. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (David J Mathre)
House Finch Eating Sunflower Seeds. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (David J Mathre)

Saturday (14-April-2018) — New Jersey

Indoor Spring Nature in New Jersey.

The bright green version of the Stink Bug is new to me this year. It is smaller than the brown stink bug, but looks different from some of the ones I found in an online search.

Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)
Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)
Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)
Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (11-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Small birds at and on the ground below the bird feeder. A number of seeds had been dumped on the ground during the wind storm the other night. Some birds only feed at the feeder, others only on the ground, and some work both locations. In today’s set, House Finch, Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, and Mourning Pigeon. As it started getting dark, the deer came through so I had to up the ISO for the images.