Posts Tagged ‘wild turkeys’

Strutting Tom Turkey

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

I wish I’d had my camera with me when I came across this male turkey displaying his stuff to his female hangers-on!  He was quite gorgeous and Thanksgiving postcard perfect!  Unfortunately, I had only my phone camera to capture him, so the details are very poor.

It was taken around 4:30 pm after a day of heavy rainfall.  There was a brief break in the weather, the sun shone through, and there they were.  Next time, I’ll bring my camera!

Tis the season…

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

deer turkey2…for turkeys!

We had about 20+ invade our street and empty lot next door over the weekend.  Even the deer look sort of puzzled by it.  What were those turkeys doing?  Convening a meeting to come up with ways to avoid being eaten for Thanksgiving?

I had to be sure Chipper didn’t see them.  While the other birds of my inside flock don’t mind these small-headed large-bodied cousins, Chipper freaks out at the sight of just one of them.  I managed to be successful!

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Live-Action Turkeys!

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

I snuck up on the turkeys this morning, so here you can see them in live-action.  Sorry about the quality and the noise.  I was shooting through a window with a screen, neither of them particularly clean!

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Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

birdfeederWild turkeys, that’s who!

These guys have begun a morning ritual in which they stop by after it gets light in the mornings.  They check out any sunflower seeds left from the previous day’s foraging by wild birds and racoons or skunks that clean up after them.   There usually isn’t much to find, but turkeys are not the brightest bird minds out there.

Still, by poking their sharp beaks into the lower feeder, they can manage to pick up a few morsels now and then.

They are getting just the right size for a Thanksgiving meal – fortunately, no human in town will consider them for eating, thank goodness!

Sharing Blackberries

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

blackberryturkeyAcross our alley drive from my house is the neighbor’s gloriously, well-tended stand of blackberry bushes he has trained over a chain link fence.  (Correction:  They trained themselves; he just hacks away at them so they don’t take over his entire yard.)

Every human I know loves ripe blackberries.  The wildlife here is no exception – from the birds to the bears.  (Although there are bears nearby, they are never seen in town – only on the outskirts and in the hills.)

These nearly-grown turkeys are no exception!

And then the deer traipse by each day to pick on the newest batch of ripening berries.

And then I take my turn too…


A Bird-y Saturday

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

SamGarbageFirst order of the day was to clean cages!  Sam is in a nesting mode, so he snuck into the trash where I stash the old cage papers.  He did not want to leave….argh!  But a little tidbit helped change his mind.

Then I took Chipper to the vet to have his check and to have my avian vet check this weird feather he was growing.  Chipper has been molting heavily – as has everybody else except Sam – and it’s taken a long time for him to grow a new set of feathers.  He’s been lethargic and grumpy.

One of his primary feathers was starting to grow weird and then it became painful for Chipper.  He’d wince or squeak when he stretched.

So the doc just pulled it out.

Here is what it looked like – a spiral feather with a really heavy, thick shaft. The doc felt the strange growth occurred when it was growing out and probably got injured.

Chipper feels much better since it was pulled!

FeatherAnd then there was the matter of the TURKEYS…

Chipper and Charlie often sit, play, sing, chew boxes on top of their cages, a side of which faces the front door.   Whenever I’m home on mild or warm days, I open the inner door and just use the screen door in order to provide more light for the birds.

Of course, they also see whenever the deer traipse through the front yard, or if the neighbor’s calico cat stalks through.  These sightings are ho-hum for them.

On this day, however, they saw — EEEK!  These monstrously large VELOCIRAPTORS!  (Or otherwise know as wild turkeys.)  At least, to the cockatiels, they looked pretty bit and very scary…

turkey1Mass cockatiel hysteria ensued and I had to collect my two witless birds from various locations of the livingroom before they hurt themselves.

Well, all in a day’s work…

Wildlife in Summer

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


The grasses are fast drying out, so the does are beginning to look a bit thin after the energy they’ve expended producing and feeding their fawns.  So I throw an apple their way now and then, which is much appreciated.  The fawns don’t “get” the apple business yet, but they will.


The turkeys are also foraging closer to homes for food for their chicks.  If you look closely, you will see four chicks following the mother turkey.


If you look closely inside the dark circle below the plant stem you will see a spider lying in wait for his next meal.  He seems to be doing quite well as this is probably high season for unwary crawling insects.


Well, these Mullein (Verbascum thapsis) plants have found a dirthold on top of one of the town buildings here.  I can’t believe how much they’ve grown – to full flowering – with so little root space for growing!  But,  after all, everybody and everything has to find a spot for themselves in the universe!

My Sunday Walk

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

My walk began in dissipating fog and ended in heavy fog. But in between the sun tried valiantly to overcome the misty layer below it in my small valley.

The fog made everything extremely quiet and muted, with spiderwebs showing up that normally I wouldn’t have seen.

If you look closely, you can see some spiderwebs on the branches in the foreground of this photo.

During a break in the fog, I came across this scene of deer sharing grazing rights with the wild turkeys – all of which are getting quite large and rather pretty (if you don’t look at their scrawny necks and ostrich-like feet). I do hope they keep themselves scarce in the next couple of weeks!

Since I had brought my macro lens with me today, I took lots and lots of photos of many different kinds of mushrooms, fungi, moss, and lichens. There were tons of these very small, delicate, fairy-like mushrooms in certain areas of the walks. Here is one shot you may enjoy.

A Walk through Fall

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Sunday morning I had a great walk and admired everything as the sun rose over the nearby hills. The colors are so lovely, making a brightness for all of us to appreciate and enjoy before the darkness of winter sets in, the sleeping time for green growing things.

It is also a time for intense foraging, and these wild turkeys got closer to me than usual. I’m sorry the shot is a bit blurred, but you get the idea. If you look closely, you can even see the sunlight shining through the bright red of the turkey wattle on the bird in the foreground.

As I walked further along and left the turkeys behind, I could hear them calling to one another – the closest sound I could describe as being geese with bad head colds.

This blacktail did not expect to see me so early in the morning. He bounded away in a stotting gait. I love to see this type of running, which the dictionary describes as “a springing gait of certain bovids, as gazelles and antelopes, used especially when running in alarm from a predator.” Truly, it is a springing gait when all four feet are off the ground at one time. I don’t see it often because the deer have to be really surprised before they stott around here. And I wasn’t even pursuing it!

Turkeys, Deer, and Eyes

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

I took a walk early this morning, just as the sun started climbing – it was going to be quite warm today. Lo and behold! A large flock of wild turkeys on someone’s lawn.

Glad to see that so many young ones made it through the year.

Now, just so long as they stay away from civilization in late November, they’ve got it made…

You may be interested in seeing how the fawns are doing. This is the fem
ale of the twins, and you can see that she’s fast losing her spots from when she was born in June. Her winter coat is beginning to show as the darker, more gray areas. In the winter, the blacktail deer coat is a predominant gray color; whereas, in the spring when they lose the winter coat, it becomes a more reddish color.

As soon as I can, I’ll show a photo of the male fawn – he’s actually already sporting tiny antler buds! Amazing.

And finally, here’s a detail of the project I’m painting now. Can you guess what animal it belongs to? If you guess right, you get a free card of your choice.

Have a good week ahead!