January 22, 2014

Snow turkey

Snow turkey by ricmcarthur
Snow turkey, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Obviously the wild turkeys don't migrate as they aren't strong flyers, but it does seem odd to see them walking around in the snow.
This hen walked through our yard this afternoon but wasn't interested in the seed under the feeders.
Turkeys were extirpated from our area and were re-introduced about 12 years ago.
They are thriving and can be seen throughput the area in places like woodlots and corn fields.
Photo was taken through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.

Meleagris gallopavo

The Wild Turkey and the Muscovy Duck are the only two domesticated birds native to the New World.
When they need to, Turkeys can swim by tucking their wings in close, spreading their tails, and kicking.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have seen this bird when I've been walking and didn't think it was a turkey. Thanks for identifying it!
Amazing how fast it 'runs'.