Gobble warming

A bunch of wild turkeys caught our eyes as my brother and I drove over to Bar Harbor to meet with Mom’s doctor at the hospital, this morning.  I’ve seen plenty of wild turkeys, at various times, but this was the first time I’ve ever seen any of them displaying. Darned if it didn’t make me think of elementary school and cutting out turkeys from construction paper; making colorful fanned-out tails.

I had forgotten my camera, but my brother had his, and we pulled over to watch the birds from across the road and get some photos.  When I got home his afternoon that I started to think about the turkeys and wonder:  Isn’t a December display a bit out of season? I Googled the gobblers (sorry) and found nothing about a breeding season at this time of year.  Our December has been so unusually mild that it’s easy to forget that Winter begins next week. “It feels more like Spring,” has been a common remark lately. Apparently these wild turkeys think so too.

 

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  1. Hi Barb – I think you’re right – they have their babies here in late summer!

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  2. Barb Fernald

    Well, the females didn’t seem to be paying any attention. Maybe it was just the males who were confused!

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  3. Susan White

    We’ve been seeing them around here too. Not displaying though. Glad to hear your mom is doing better and going home Wed. Please give her our best and hope things go well now. xoS

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    • Barb Fernald

      Thanks Susan. It will be a relief to see her back in her apartment. It’s been a rough time, though she hasn’t been in pain or anything like that. Her mobility is pretty much gone, and the decrease in fine motor ability continues along with the confusion.

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  4. The high today in Houston is 76, and it’s supposed to be 78 tomorrow. Strange weather, but being a winter weenie, I’m not complaining! Love the pics of the turkeys; those feathers are something!
    P.S. Hope your mom is doing better.

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