The Travels of Tug 44

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkeys are a common sight in the Fort Edward Grasslands, generally seen grazing for fruits, nuts, leaves and bugs. Especially bugs and worms.   high-res

They travel in large groups ... this bunch numbered about a dozen, but there are groups of 60 or more around here.   high-res

These birds are mostly dull black, but when the sun catches them at the right angle, they display a rainbow of iridescent colors. The wings shine especially nicely in the sun.   high-res

Wonderful colors, even bright gold on the Wild Turkeys.   high-res

Wild Turkeys do not migrate, they tough out our winters with deep snow and temperatures as low as 35 degrees below zero. Caught this one in the middle of a snow storm.   high-res

February 2017, a group of Wild Turkeys were about to cross the road, so I waited for them. Here they cross in single file, just like Mom taught them to. :).   high-res

And when they reached the roadside ditch, they flew over it.   high-res

April 2017, this male Wild Turkey struts around in all his glory, impressing the girl Turkeys. He looks enormous, but it's all just air, his feathers are fluffed straight out.   high-res

Wild Turkeys can and do fly but they are not all that great at it and they prefer to walk or run. This one flew across the road and crashed into a bush and fell down the other side. :)   high-res

July 2018 - I spotted a small group of 2 Wild Turkey hens with 4 chicks, at a distance of about 400 yards but the photos came out ok. Baby Turkeys leave the ground nest a day or two after they hatch and immediately begin foraging for food ... but they still need Mom around to provide security and teach them where to find food and what's good for them.   high-res

The Wild Turkey, once proposed by Benjamin Franklin as America's National Bird.

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