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



March 2017, the sun was shining on these Turkeys just right, bringing out their irridescent colors.   high-res



Last look, Wild Turkeys in the sun.   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

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




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