Month: February 2015

Sweet peppers

Sweet peppers (Capsicum annuum). Here is the less than wonderful remainder of my sweet pepper crop last summer. These bells and frying peppers are frozen in a Pyrex dish. I’ve used most of them–I just pry out however many are needed with a fork.… Continue Reading “Sweet peppers”

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius). Birds of New Jersey doesn’t list yellow-bellied sapsuckers, so I put these photos into an unidentified birds file. Then I saw a photo of one on a CBS2 weather report from a weather watcher in New York. It was identified as… Continue Reading “Yellow-bellied sapsucker”


Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum). Oh, no. My cupboard is almost bare. Actually, it’s not my cupboard. It’s my new upright freezer. After many years, my old chest freezer died. I planned to replace it with another chest-type freezer, but the uprights were irresistible. I know… Continue Reading “Tomatoes”

Blue jay

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata). Once again, I have January photos with no snow although I am writing this post in February on an extremely cold and snowy night. I saw one blue jay the other morning eating sunflower seeds on the ground under the… Continue Reading “Blue jay”

House sparrow

House sparrow (Passer domesticus). According to Birds of New Jersey, the house sparrow, which is not a sparrow but a member of the Weaver Finch family, was introduced from Europe to Central Park in 1850. Must be another one of those situations with Shakespeare lovers. categorizes… Continue Reading “House sparrow”

Black-capped chickadee

Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). Here is a jet-setter of the feeder birds, for sure, grabbing-and-going after a second at the feeders, making it hard to take a non-blurry photo. Therefore, I’m quite proud to finally have a few photos of one chickadee who decided… Continue Reading “Black-capped chickadee”

Tufted titmouse

Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor). As with white-breasted nuthatches and chickadees, I think of tufted titmice as members of the jet-set among feeder birds. They grab-and-go rather than sitting around the feeder. I realize now the reason for this. The jet-setters are birds that crack… Continue Reading “Tufted titmouse”

White-breasted nuthatch

White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis). I think of white-breasted nuthatches as part of the jet-set of feeder birds. Whereas birds like house finches and cardinals come and sit a while, which makes them easier to photograph, birds like white-breasted nuthatches, chickadees, and tufted titmice grab-and-go.… Continue Reading “White-breasted nuthatch”

American goldfinch

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). These photos were taken in January. Look at that. No snow. Birds of New Jersey reports that a small percentage of American goldfinches will stay in the area all winter, so I want to document that this one did show up… Continue Reading “American goldfinch”

Female cardinal’s plumage

Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). I love cardinals. Male and female northern cardinals above in the snow beneath the feeders. They seem younger than the cardinals I saw last month. I had not realized how long their tails are. Almost as long as the rest… Continue Reading “Female cardinal’s plumage”