Although Mallards are common, their beauty cannot be overlooked! These took flight from Sandpiper Pond, April 7, 2021.
The upper right is a female. Note she lacks the green head and other bright colorings. The males also have a short black curl above the tail, thus the second from the bottom can be identified as a male even though the head is not visible.
The Red-tailed Hawks have returned.
This one was was photographed in the south west corner of Ellis Bird Farm, today, April 7, 2021.
Another pair have been seen (and heard) circling over the West Woods.
The blossom of the Beaked Hazelnut is one of the first found in EBF’s West Woods.
This photo shows the catkin, the blossom and another bud.
Photo taken April 5, 2021
This Lapland Longspur landed in a stubble field at EBF, Monday, April 5, 2021.
He was only passing through on his way to the far north.
These Dark-eyed Juncos were at Ellis Bird Farm today. The female has reddish flanks and a rust back!
April 3, 2021
Photo Credit: Maureen Carey
Although there have been sightings of MOBL days earlier, this is Maureen's first photo in 2021. The males arrive first and this one was very busy going in and out of this particular box.
Photo taken on March 28,2021
Some nestboxes need more attention than others, and we are so lucky to have amazing board members who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and help out. And what about that beautiful creature Maureen was able to capture during the clean-up too!
Judy and Maureen have been freshening up the Visitor Center and we can't wait until May long weekend for everyone to see!
A Richardson's ground squirrel (commonly known as gopher) popped out of its den at the site on March 3.
Ellis Bird Farm
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When purchasing from our online bookstore, Myrna will be happy to "sign" any of her books for you.
All proceeds from the sales of these books support the education, conservation, and research programs of Ellis Bird Farm.
· Household brooms
· Yarn and plastic lacing cord
· Umbrellas to loan out to visitors on rainy days
· Wooden or nature-based plastic beads for our school and day camp programs
· Old fashioned one-speed bike (to keep the farmstead theme of EBF). This would be used for staff to open and close the gate and other errands around the site.
· Leaf blowers
· Bistro sets (small table, two chairs
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