Sunday, March 3, 2013

Talkin' Turkey

Every day our single acre of property, which is in the middle of the city and backs up on a steep  ravine, is a way station for deer, turkeys, raccoon, opossum, woodchuck, squirrels, rabbits, bats and many critters I'm probably not even aware of, on the road to their daily lives.

This morning, as the sun began to peek through the eastern trees, the turkeys made a short stopover on our driveway before heading on to the day's adventures. On any given day, a lone turkey or an entire flock may strut through the yard. The most we've seen at once is 23. Today, the hens whirled and swirled, pranced and danced so excitedly, I couldn't get an exact count. Twenty, I think.

Surprisingly, three males hung together. Most often, the males are rivals vying for the top spot in the flock. And, I presume, the most desirable gals in the group.

I couldn't tell from their posturing which was the Tom (the royal crown of the ravine) and which were the jakes (often the younger, less powerful wannabes). Today, the three looked more like three amigos hanging at the corner bar sharing stories over a few beers than rival contenders for the dating prize. All puffed up, shaking those fanned out tail feathers.

The hens had their own agenda and after a few minutes, started a parade across the front yard, heading for the neighbors' place.

Before long, they had disappeared down the road. I always wonder where they go and what they do when they leave our yard.

All that's left when the turkeys move on. Well, not totally true. Be careful where you step!

Make it a great day!

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  1. What an adorable post!! I love the captions--just like a woman to ask about her behind!! Great chuckle for my day.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea that turkeys were so concerned about the size of their butts!

    Happy Blue Monday, Ann.

  3. Love the cute captions. I played too. Mine are here and here.

  4. These guys are quite impressive!

  5. Couldn't help but gobble up this post today♫♪ Happy Week-end♥ My Top Shot:

  6. I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #73!

  7. That turkey parade is crazy!!! Can't believe they were strolling down your driveway, great you got some photos. We have all the same critters at the cottage too, we even saw a porcupine once too. My city boy husband didn't believe me that it was a porcupine! Most of the critters seem to dine in my garden. Laura


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