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Friday, March 18, 2011

Taken over by turkeys!

Spring is definitely in the air. At least all the birds are feeling it. The mornings are filled with bird song. The other day on my walk to the end of the street to snap the crocus, several hawks were wheeling around in the sky shrilly calling out to each other. They were making quite a racket. Each morning before the sun is up I hear turkeys, either clucking like a bunch of overgrown chickens, or sometimes a full-fledged gobble.

This morning was a little different. Again, I heard them before the sun came up. After feeding the dogs and going through my normal morning routine I looked out the study window and saw a few hens coming over to where I normally feed them. I went to get some food and noticed that there were hens everywhere! They scattered when I came out the door but it didn’t take them long to all come running across the yard flapping their wings. I counted sixteen hens. Once back in the house I looked out again and to my delight and amazement four huge toms were coming—and they were strutting their stuff with tails fanned out and wings down. I quickly ran upstairs to the the one window without a screen so I could get better photos.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

What a show they were putting on for the girls! So important and all puffed up!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

It soon became apparent that this was no ordinary visit. This was all about mating. The toms strutted and danced around a few of the hens, courting them. It was all very intricate and there didn’t seem to be any fighting or jealousy between the toms, which is something I’ve noticed before. Almost like they work together to help each other to get a date. In fact, here is an interesting article about how male turkeys help each other out in mating season. I’ll spare you the details of the actual mating, but it was pretty interesting. Let’s just say it didn’t look like she was having much fun. How many people have seen wild turkeys mate right in their front yard?!

At times they looked like Geisha girls performing a dance with their fans. I’m sure these macho birds would not like my analogy! But just look at this “dance of three tom turkeys.”

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I guess we’ll be seeing little turkeylettes before too awfully long.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

(The last photo was taken through the screen as they left the yard.)


You come across the best stuff!! Love it!!!!

Thanks Jess! But ya know, you can’t plan these things ... they just happen! wink

I’ve always loved doing the chicken dance, but this beats all.  I want to learn the turkey dance, but I’m not a male and I don’t have the tail, but wait…maybe I do!!

Great post on the turkeys - you just need ‘Turkey in the Straw’ music playing in the background!  LOL

Well, I guess it takes a post on turkeys to bring out comments from two people who read but rarely ever comment on my blog: my sister and my friend Carolyn! Thank you both!

Bigsis, I’m not really sure what you meant about you having a tail ... and Carolyn, sorry, no music! wink

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