CELERY FARM: Swallow fest
BIRDING: Hummingbirds

BIRDS: Duckling Rescue (video)

      The marsh warden of the Celery Farm coaxed a mallard mom and her 11 tiny ducklings out of the courtyard in the Church of the Epiphany in Allendale, N.J., on Sunday morning before services began.
   This has become a common problem -- a mallard laying her eggs in the courtyard of a church or school, without an all-important exit strategy.
    The courtyard nesting makes sense, though.
   The babies are safe from predators, and there's invariably a good Samaritan to help them out.
   In this case, for a minute or two, the Church of the Epiphany became the Church of the Good Shepherd.
   Coincidentally, the marsh warden was born on December 25.