Turkey Time

Flock of Wild Turkeys in Driveway

Flock of Wild Turkeys in Driveway

Wild Turkey in Backyard

Wild Turkey in Backyard

We were excited to arrive home today and see a flock of wild turkeys in our driveway!  A total of 10 birds were helping themselves to seed left out for doves and quail.  Turkeys are very interesting birds.  Their bald heads and neck wattles reflect emotion by changing color from blue to pink to red.  Their gobbles can be heard up to a mile away.  They are fast too – they can run up to 25 mph, and fly up to 55 mph.  And surprisingly, they spend the night perched up in trees.  A recent study says that genetically turkeys are closer to dinosaurs than any other birds.  Their chromosomes have undergone the fewest changes among birds since the time of feathered dinosaurs.   We hope our turkeys come back soon!

Update 2017:  We have about 20-35 turkeys visit our yard every single day!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Turkey Time

  1. This is very cool Pam. I love seeing wild turkeys. There’re wary birds, and it’s great to see them close by. I’m not sure if it’s true, but for me, seeing turkeys indicates a healthy ecosystem. ~James

    • Pam says:

      Yes you are right – turkeys indicate a healthy vibrant ecosystem. It was such a treat! We believe this group might be a mother hen and her almost grown chicks.

  2. elisaruland says:

    I always feel honored when wildlife chooses our yard for a visit. We had wild turkeys come one year and they acted like they owned the joint! Love your pics!

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