Thursday, July 5, 2007

Why did the turkeys cross the road?




To get to the other side, of course!

(Thanks to the turkey family for reenacting the old joke on Blue Rock Rd yesterday.)

8 comments:

nina said...

That'd be a first for me--seeing them with young tagging along! What do you suppose that group was? Two parents, 5 young and another subadult? Are they like geese--traveling in flocks, but actually keeping smaller family units when breeding?

nina said...

p.s.--The phoebes fledged this morning--and they didn't object in the least to my pictures 2 days ago.

Lynne said...

Turkeys are getting more common to see up here in Minnesota. I've never seen them out in the open like that though. They always seem so hinky.

birdchick said...

You have been tagged with the 8 Random Facts Meme:

http://www.birdchick.com/2007/07/eight-radom-facts-meme.html

KatDoc said...

Nina:

All the adult turkeys in this group are females. Male turkeys exhibit strong sexual dimorphism - a red throat and wattle, feathers with red, green, copper, bronze, and gold iridescence and a "beard" of modified feathers on the chest that can be 9 inches long.

I used the word "family" loosely, as in a unit of similar birds. I don't really know how the social structure of turkeys is organized. I suspect it is as you describe, like geese.

Glad to hear about your phoebes. After not seeing or hearing mine for weeks, I saw both birds today and one was carrying food! That equals Confirmed Breeding status in Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas vernacular, even though I have yet to find the nest.

Lynne: Turkeys are getting more common and bolder around here, but this is the first time I have seen the poults. It was pretty cool!

Acck! I've been tagged! This is my first meme; I'm not sure I know what to do.

~Kathi

KGMom said...

Awww--a turkey "family" by whatever name. I have never seen turkey "chicks"--what are the babies called?

Susan Gets Native said...

kgmom:
They are called poults. Like "Poultry".

I like turkeys. We were on a walk at Crooked Run once, and we spooked a female out of the bushes about 2 feet from us. Geoff said later that he thought a bear had come crashing out of the forest. City boy. :)

Holly said...

We have a flock of wild turkeys about one half mile down the road from our house. The population is rapidly growing around here.

Last summer I was coming home and going around a curve, I saw what I thought was a vulture on the road. Upon getting closer (slowly), I discovered it was a Tom, just meandering straight down the middle yellow line. Don't know if it was a field sobriety test, but he definitely passed it!

Oh and hey, not birds but yesterday Ethan and I saw a red fox and last weekend I saw a doe and a fawn, so new he was still wobbling! Up on the hind feet but still kneeling on the front. Pretty cool.