Turkeys, turkeys, everywhere turkeys! If I hear a thud on the house, I know there are turkeys at the suet feeder. I sometimes wake up to turkeys gobbling at sunrise. I look across the bay and see up to 25 of them huddled against the shore sunning themselves. I sometimes come close to hitting them with my car, and occasionally have to come to a complete stop to let a parade of them cross the road. They roost in neighborhood trees and fly with the grace of a bowling ball with wings.
Yesterday morning I stood at my picture window to take in the view. To my left I saw three turkeys running down the resort road. Directly in front I watched several turkeys run across the lake. And looking to the right a long string of them were running up the hill to eat in the neighbor's yard. I went for a walk yesterday and had two turkeys lurking at be from behind some hay bales at the farm a mile down the road. (Now I know where the fairy tale name of "turkey lurkey" comes from.)
Turkeys are tough to photograph up close. They can see the camera lens coming a mile away and break into a turkey trot. I've decided that turkeys are more fun to video tape. You can get a giggle from a few I've posted on our Facebook page.
My neighbor has been able to count 82 in his yard at one time. The most I've ever counted over the years is about 40, and I think that is more than enough.
So while they aren't the prettiest birds, they are entertaining! And we never feel alone, which can be comforting to know when you live in the woods.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
The Bateman family owns Two Inlets Resort, a family resort located north of Park Rapids, MN. The best bird watching opportunities are in May and Juneduring the spring migration, and in Itasca State Park year around.