Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Trot

It's been a dark and rainy day here in our middle Tennessee valley.
Not a day to be out and about, instead a day to be spent inside, indulging in a little fluffing and cooking.

Around about three in the afternoon each day, the wild turkeys appear.
A flock of twenty or more, spend the better part of an hour feeding and foraging and then head towards the trees to their nightly roost.

They have become quite accustomed to my appearance, and boldly trot on over to the bird -feeders close to the porch.
















23 comments:

Deb said...

We have them wandering around here too. I like them but they attacked my car one morning as I was driving down a country road. FREAKY! I thought I was in a Hitchcock movie.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos. We have them around sometimes but I think the Turkey Vultures and the amount of stray cats we have here in the valley keep them at bay ! Have a wonderful day.

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

I believe I spotted a couple of Canada Geese in one of the pictures. We have turkeys, but I don't think I've seen a flock that large. Last night just before dark we had a migrating flock of turkey vultures circling above the house, too late to get the camera out. Rats! Jim

Betsy said...

Oh how wonderful! I would love that in my yard!

Terry said...

Jo, you might enjoy my blog friend Louise's blog -
http://livingretiredinwesternnewyorkstate.blogspot.com/
She frequently features the turkeys around her feeder.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Everywhere seems to raining these days ! But I like the wild turkeys on that beautiful day you "shot" them !

Steven Cain said...

I used to have a lot of them too, up close to the house. Hunters have moved in nearby and scared them off, or worse. Fiends. I did gain a bit of interesting turkey trivia from one of the locals... He has lived in and hunted north Sumner County all of his life, he's forty-three, and never saw a wild turkey until about fifteen or twenty years ago. There weren't any, he says. Hunters packed them in and stocked the pond, so to speak.

JDS said...

Nice shots of the gobblers. Somehow these pictures make me feel relaxed.

Theanne and Baron said...

The turkeys are beauties...how lovely to have them visiting your yard!

Mama-Bug said...

How wonderful to have your own flock of wild turkeys visiting you! That would truly make my day!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

There is something so beautiful and peaceful in seeing these wild birds.
They are so gorgeous
love
tweedles

Doc said...

Jo,
I enjoyed these photos so much, what a thrill to see them in the wild it must be.

cathy@home said...

What a lovely pastoral scene.

Clipped Wings said...

At work from my office window, almost each day I see turkeys from the time the chicks are born until they are all grown up. Lovely.

John Gray said...

it could be my field!!!
I love popping in here... the music is always so restful!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Jo, We have wild turkeys up here ---but I seldom see them. They don't seem to wander into the yards like yours are doing...

Turkeys better beware this time of year... Thanksgiving is coming!!!! ha ha ha

We had rain yesterday ---but so far none this morning. They say it will happen though.

Hugs,
Betsy

Tina Eudora said...

Great photos of the turkeys Jo! We have a few here and there locally but I mostly see them feeding by the side of the highway which always jangles my nerves but they never seem to get struck so I guess they are smart birds after all. Have a sweet day Jo!
Tina xo

Patsy said...

Right on time for Thanksgiving. We have sunshine today so you will see it soon.

Star said...

Interesting and lovely to look at. I love wildlife in my garden/patio too. However, be careful! I watched a programme when I was in England, all about a man who lived with a clutch of wild turkeys, raising them from eggs. He raised them well and they grew up, most of them anyway. He bonded with some of them more than with others. He bonded with one in particular. Eventually the time came when the turkeys took off by themselves and the man was quite sad to see them go. One remained and kept him company. It was a male. Sadly, a day came when for no reason whatsoever, the turkey attacked the man - flying at him with claws and beak and hurting him somewhat. That was a very sad day because the man had to defend himself against the wild turkey and then the turkey was no more! The morale of that story is that they are WILD animals so we can't expect them to behave like they were domesticated. Even when tamed, they can still revert to wild. I loved the programme and I was very sad at the end. That man is still living with wildlife somewhere up in the north of the U.S. This time he is living with a herd of deer. Have you seen the programme, by chance? Unfortunately I cannot remember what it was called but it was shown recently (in England).

AshTreeCottage said...

My Mom lives on a small lake and it is home to lots of geese and ducks. They have become our companions and I just love going outside to feed them some wild bird seed out of my hand. Enjoy your turkeys ~ what a lovely flock of new friends!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sharon said...

I love your turkey ladies! Do they ever say anything to your decoys? Maybe they just think they are being snobbish. :-)

Getting cold, one of these days it will stay that way - for months. :(

L. D. Burgus said...

I just watched a pbs special about a guy who raised a set of eggs from hatching to full maturity. The young turkey chicks were like little kittens crawling all over him as he sat on the ground. We have wild turkeys in southern Iowa.

Cindy said...

Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!