Elaine Maisel Mississippi’s ornaments were created by feather painter, Elaine Maisel. Each ornament contains a wing feather from a Mississippi Eastern Wild Turkey on which Elaine has painted one of twelve different birds that frequent her neighborhood, right next to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Wild turkeys, mockingbirds, blue jays, cardinals, crows, robins, and woodpeckers hang out year-round, while bluebirds, cedar waxwings, goldfinches, and red winged blackbirds visit only at certain times of year when migrating. The name of each bird is inscribed on the back of its ornament. The quill of each feather is hand-stitched on backing board.