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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Early visitors to the feeders.




















Very early visitors to the mouse-house.
They are getting a little too close for comfort but I'll let them be.
Both parents were with this rather large brood of turkeys who I expect were born early summer. It was interesting to watch them.
After cleaning up all the seeds that had fallen the day before, the large male started walking away from the feeders and half the small ones followed. The female then began to leave and all the rest but one followed behind. I watched as the odd one (there's always one, isn't there?) continued to eat and then suddenly realized it was alone. It held it's head up, looked around, spotted the others and then ran like the dickens across the drive-way to catch up to mom.
The female was actually waiting for the straggler as the others had caught up with the male. It was pretty cute to watch and realize what a tight little family they are.

Still, they freak me out a little so I'll keep my distance.

hugs, Deb

19 comments:

  1. Well, how cool is that??? Very fun to watch and so cute about the one little one!

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  2. I felt like I was watching a video of that cute scene. You painted such a vivid word picture! :-) It still surprised me when I see turkeys fly from the alfalfa field to the nearby woods and perch in the maple trees. They just seem too big to be doing that. Lol

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  3. Wild turkeys are so much fun to watch. They thrive in places you would not expect them to and that makes them all the more appealing to me.

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  4. Hello, cute story. I love the turkey family, great shots. enjoy your day!

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  5. Trying to figure out why they freak you out. ? lol It is amazing isn't it that they can get airborne? They DO seem too big to be doing that. I hope you come to enjoy them . Hugs! deb

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  6. We have turkeys that drift through our yard from time to time. I understand your reaction completely. Although now I'm used to them, the first time I saw them I was really taken aback. They're so big, your eye isn't prepared for the scale of them.

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  7. You are becoming a student of nature... wonderful! Cute story.
    Hugs and purrs....

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  8. The parents are quite watchful. They're big birds- one wouldn't want to annoy one of the parents.

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  9. OH! You must watch the 'Nature' episode from PBS, called "My Life As A Turkey". I learned a lot about wild turkeys from that.

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    1. I Haven`t heard a sound from them.

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  11. The poor little fellow must have scared when he realised he was alone, and it must have been comical to watch him run. But why do they freak you out?

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    1. I think it is the size of the male that makes me leery to get too close. I just have to think of what a Canada Goose will do if you irritate it.

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  12. Looks like everybody loves that special spot you've created. I've just finished reading (10 min. ago) "The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly" and on the verge of tears. It is absolutely the sweetest book! The turkeys and the little one lagging behind reminds me of the book. If you haven't read the book, I think you would enjoy it.

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  13. So special to have wild turkeys in your garden! Hope they will find another garden to walk around in though, so that you can sit in yours again.

    Have a good weekend Deb!

    Madelief x

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  14. Yes, there's always a straggler. We have a little baby raccoon that is like that. His mom and the 5 babies come to eat. He is curious and likes to play with the cat's toy (the ball in the ring thing). But before he knows it, everyone has left ... and he has to run to catch up. Funny to watch. Enjoy your turkeys!

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  15. What a fun and interesting sight. Did the kitties spot them?

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  16. I've not seen them here in North Carolina, but we always had a dozen or so around our home on 5 acres in Connecticut..I miss seeing them, XOXO

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  17. What a treat to see, but yes I would keep my distance too.

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