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Turkey visitors to my yard (I think)

by Angeline Booher / March 30, 2005 4:53 AM PST

Yesterday afternoon there were 4 members of the fowl family strolling around next door. As they came closer, I thought, "wild turkeys". Or were they pheasants?

The day before I thought I had heard what sounded like "gobble, gobble" for a couple of minutes. Sure, I said to myself.

I think I saw the red wattles (?) on two. I did not see any spread/fan their back feathers.

I went in to get a camera. When I came back out, they were in my yard. They allowed me within a couple of yards. After posing for a while, three sort of jumped to the top of the fence, then to the ground. The fourth acted confused, and kept walking up and down the fence, making a sound a couple of times. So, to get his/her adrenalin going , I walked closer. He/she then spread its wings and flew over the fence to the other side, then soared til it was out of my sight (maybe just to the far side of the yard, which would be nearly 300 feet.

(They were well over a yard long. Big fellas!)

Wild turkeys or pheasants, it was fun to see!


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I have a couple of very large clutches here
by TONI H / March 30, 2005 5:46 AM PST

of wild turkeys.......the females are all over the place with babies waddling everywhere. The babies will jump through the square wired fence to eat bugs on this side and the mothers get into a frenzy calling them back. My neighbor (property lines are connected) has 'adopted' every one of them and goes crazy when he finds one dead in the road from a vehicle and has made me promise that nobody will ever hunt them on my land.

Because of that promise, the clutches get larger and larger every year (I wouldn't kill them anyhow), and there are times when I pull out of here with my vehicle and find thirty-fifty of them at a whack come flying overhead from one bank on my side of the road to the bank on the other side. The whole sky goes black waiting for them to get gone......


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I didn't know what a bunch...
by Angeline Booher / March 30, 2005 6:08 AM PST

..... of wild turkeys was called.

I also didn't know they could fly. That one yesterday looked like a big hawk sailing through the air.

Do you think they have taken up residence somewhere along the river bank (it's steep), and that we will be having some young'ns, too?

Do you know if they migrate? If not, I suspect that there is some more clearing of the land not far away.

Another neighbor down the street saw a beaver swimming. A goose with a broken wing took up residence on their back porch. They are feeding it. They called the wildlife agent, who said to leave it alone, but who could? A blue heron stays close by.

Geese are around in season. A couple of times over the past month I heard what I believe was a shotgun on 2 separate days. Because of the river it's hard to tell from which side they came. I just hope the culprit is caught.


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flying turkeys
by JP Bill / March 30, 2005 11:15 AM PST
As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

The above quote is from the famous ?WKRP in Cincinnati? episode where Station Manager, Arthur Carlson (played by Gordon Jump), arranged to have live turkeys dropped from a helicopter as an advertising stunt.

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by Angeline Booher / March 31, 2005 1:32 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Amazingly great tv show. :-)
by Cindi Haynes / March 31, 2005 5:09 AM PST
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That was funny show, and episode, but
by Roger NC / March 31, 2005 6:14 AM PST
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yes, Roger, WILD turkeys do...
by Cindi Haynes / March 31, 2005 6:44 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Right. Domestic turkeys, probably wings clipped.
by EdH / March 31, 2005 6:47 AM PST
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by Cindi Haynes / March 30, 2005 6:16 AM PST
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We've had over 20 at a time in our yard some days.
by EdH / March 30, 2005 7:43 AM PST

The morning before yesterday there were about a dozen out there in the fog. I was very critical of the dog sleeping through the whole thing. What if they had been terrorists?

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Get domestic geese
by TONI H / March 30, 2005 7:47 AM PST

They're extremely territorial and will let you know every time a mouse runs through the yard let alone anything else. Whereas dogs are unpredictable just because they get used to their environment most times and will ignore nearly everything that doesn't seem like a threat to them personally. Geese want the whole ball of wax regarding property and will attack just about anything, including humans, on a regular basis.


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domestic geese
by munishmanuindia / July 3, 2015 5:19 AM PDT
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There are three domestic geese that have been coming on my patio and eating my dog's food and drinking his water.

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Oh my...
by Willy / March 30, 2005 8:19 AM PST

You got turkeys, we got some vultures that have returned. They not on my property but they sure do get themselves noticed. When they fly around, they're not some little fellas, that's for sure. On top of that they roosted in our small community abit. Sure, they're around until they gone it seems, but why in the last 5-6yrs. they seem to really concentrate, I just don't know. Also, we some red-tailed hawks plus some blad eagle(s) as well. All these rather large raptors tend to make my cat very warlily at times. Happy It a beautiful sight to see a mature blad eagle waffling around. A trukey around here may not last after the hunting season. adios -----Willy

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Willy -- Do you celebrate the return of your vultures
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 31, 2005 2:44 AM PST
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the way Hinckley Ohio celebrates its buzzards? (Or are they really the same thing?)

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I saw...
by Angeline Booher / March 31, 2005 7:07 AM PST
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...,,,, my first vulture about 5 years ago. It was attracted by a possum that was road kill.

Lots of hawks around here, too. (I don't know what kind.)

About 10 years ago an eagle captured a small pet poodle from its yard. The owner saw it happen, and knew where the aerie was, and was able to save his dog.

There has been so much destruction of the natural habitat that foxes are coming into neighborhood. I think the same loss of habitat is why the turkeys came.


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it's stork time over here
by jonah jones / March 30, 2005 11:47 AM PST

all going north after a "winter" in the south (africa), also a lot of flamingos who are not too sure which way is north Happy



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I've seen ...
by Angeline Booher / March 31, 2005 6:00 AM PST
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do you have any children?
by Mark5019 / March 31, 2005 6:45 AM PST
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if the answers yes thats who brought them to you:D

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by Angeline Booher / March 31, 2005 6:58 AM PST

Both in their 40's. One lives 1,000 miles away, and I live in an apartment at the home of the other.

Just came to me.... if I had had a child at 18, I could conceivably be old enough to be the mother of anybody here up to the age of about 55. Happy


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(NT) (NT) But would you want to claim us all?
by Roger NC / March 31, 2005 7:07 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Hmmm. ...Food for thought. :-)
by Angeline Booher / March 31, 2005 7:11 AM PST
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Now That You Mention it...
by Rolway / March 31, 2005 7:25 AM PST

I have'nt seen any wild turkey or pheasants around this year. Lots of Deer and Coyote. Must be the Coyote is getting them. My land backs up to what the Town designated as a Wild Life Corridor and its full of Deer, Turkey and pheasants that come down from the Forest. Noticed this year theres a lot of coyote running around. I'll have to look into this and maybe shoot those coyote that stray on to my land.


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