Turkeys

My wayward flock has returned, and they’ve been busy.  They used to be 7, then 5, then for a long time it was just 3.  Now:  thirteen (13).

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Mr. Black is interested but doesn’t quite know what to make of these giant birds.  They are totally unperturbed by his presence.

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Whoops, they’re on the move…

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Marching one by one past the deck, they head out back

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Marching, marching…

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… past the tomato garden and into the pasture for an evening snack.

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Then they hang out for awhile.  Mr.Black wisely decides to lay back and keep an eye on things.

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And finally, they’re ready to call it a day.  Making their way up to the roof, they strut around for awhile before heading up into the big tree in the background for the night.

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If you look right dead center at this picture, you can see 4 or 5 turkeys in the tree… there’s more up there, but it’s hard to see them.

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8 Responses to “Turkeys”


  1. 1 hemmingforddogblog Monday, October 5, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Great shots! All the turkeys here (of the bird variety) are a dark brown. emmmm…turkey….Thanksgiving. Do they know?

  2. 2 J. A. Baker Monday, October 5, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Well, no wonder they’re on the move! Mr. Black is stalking them!

    I bet he’s thinking: <Homer Simpson>”Mmmmmm… Early Thanksgiving! Ohhhhhhhh!”</Homer Simpson>

    😆 😆 😆 😆

  3. 3 Bruce Monday, October 5, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Wow, that’s impressive! Saw about half a dozen crossing a road in the Kawartha Lakes area this summer, easy to forget how big they are. Naturally I thought of you.

    I had to look up what a group of Turkeys is called, a Rafter. Turns out Turkeys were named after the country because they were introduced to Europe through northern Africa and Turkey and originally called Turkey Foul. I always thought there had to be a connection but couldn’t figure out why because I knew they were native to North America.

  4. 4 JJ Monday, October 5, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Bruce – You see turkeys and think of me! LOL

    Well, I thought of you when I was taking these pics, too. I knew you’d be impressed with such a big Rafter of Turkey Foul.

  5. 5 JJ Monday, October 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

    SQ – Shhhh! You’ll scare them away. Frankly, I think that’s why they show up here every fall… I’m the only one in the neighbourhood who won’t shoot at them. (If they were pheasant it might be a different story.)

  6. 6 JJ Monday, October 5, 2009 at 9:22 am

    JAB – You should have seen how confused Mr. Black was! He’s an outdoor cat, so he stalks and kills things on a regular basis, but he’s never seen a bunch of birds this big and he’s not sure if they’re a good target. He tried stalking them at first and they chased him away 😆

  7. 7 john gray Monday, October 5, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    good turkey pics very interesting

  8. 8 J. A. Baker Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    JAB – You should have seen how confused Mr. Black was! He’s an outdoor cat, so he stalks and kills things on a regular basis, but he’s never seen a bunch of birds this big and he’s not sure if they’re a good target. He tried stalking them at first and they chased him away 😆

    But the real question is, “Where was Mr. Blue during the proceedings?” Was she barking at the turkees? 😀


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