Apr 16-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: April: Apr 16-08
Turkey talk    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
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Photos by Brenda Leigh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 12:57 am:

Brenda Leigh recently spotted some fowl friends along the side of the road and stopped to capture them for us all to see. It's not uncommon to see wild turkeys in your travels across the U.P., but finding them all puffed up and displaying their finery is a treat indeed. These two seem to be deep in a conversation, maybe wondering why they crossed the road? Brenda's next picture answers that question for us, as it looks like 'Tom' is headed off through the woods, maybe after some good looking chicks! :->

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 03:02 am:

Well Good morning!

Turkeys now all over the Lower penisula also, even crowding into the suburbs! We've had them in our yard on several occasions!

By Melodie Hayes (Herblady) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 06:09 am:

Here in SE Ohio, we have 14 that regularly cross our upper yard. There were 5 males all puffed out like these and the 9 females were totally ignoring them, just grazing along...

By Jeffrey P. Carlson (Dlineman) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 06:23 am:

Our family has a place in Green Lake, Wisconsin about 10 miles from the actual town of Green Lake. While taking a series of small country roads to town we would always pass this one clearing were we would be sure to see deer or bunch of turkeys!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 07:29 am:

We have been seeing a lot of turkeys around here. They're all over the place. But the only wild meat I'll eat is fish!!! Those pictures are great! I don't think I've ever seen them puffed out like that.

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 08:09 am:

On my trip downstate Monday, in northern Oakland county, traffic stopped on I-75 for a turkey that decided to cross the road. Thanks to some compassionate drivers, it made it. And here I thought wild turkeys were smart birds!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 08:17 am:

The way my work week has been this week, I could use "Wild Turkey"!

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 08:37 am:

I see turkeys every day...I work for the state.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 08:55 am:

Maybe Janie and Cindy should get together for that wild turkey. When I lived downstate they were always in the road on the way to Taylors school. They are fun to watch like any wildlife.

By dotti caldwell (Dotti) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 09:02 am:

Gobble Gobble! Great Pics! I saw one last week here in WVA! But it wasnt all puffed out! I was still amazed to see a big bird standing there on the side of the road! Cindy - I know what ya mean! LOL

By David C Cloutier (Dccloutier) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 10:50 am:

My sympathy goes out to Cindy - for it is well known that it is exceedingly difficult to soar with the eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys...

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 11:14 am:

Cindy...is that what the new MBT means, "Michigan's Bureaucratic Turkeys"?

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 12:34 pm:

Cindy: TOOOO funny! (or too true?) Naw, some of them turkeys is people.

By Doug Walters (Dawalters) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 12:52 pm:

I can't resist, always associate turkey's with this:

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!!!"
-- Arthur Carlson, WKRP in Cincinna

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 01:00 pm:

Doug Oh my I remember that show! One of their best! Loved the whole show! Now that's what I call comedy hey?mskatie

By Doug Walters (Dawalters) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 01:04 pm:

It was a classic.....

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 02:38 pm:

Alex -- You hit the nail on the head!

Brooke -- I'd be happy to throw one back with Janie, but I'll have a margarita instead. What time shall we meet?

By Mooselover (Mooselover) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 06:40 pm:

Maybe the turkeys are trying to hitchhike, since they are displaying by the roadside!

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 07:09 pm:

nice pictures===== i used to be called a turkey but i never knew why. maybe because they look so majestic but i just dont know!

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 09:14 pm:

Well Walter P. of course the reason was you knew how to strut your stuff! And they are very sharp as far as eyesight goes.

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 10:50 pm:

They're both Toms, so I guess the one is telling the other to "Get lost!" He wants the hens for himself. There are 3 of them coming under my bird feeders again. They scratch like chickens and the grass won't grow there, they also leave their 'deposits'. Grrr! The ones here are hens. I like the little birds, not these big clunks.

By Mel, MN (Mehollop) on Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 12:20 pm:

I came across a group of wild turkey in the road a couple weeks ago here, too. Gravel road out in the middle of nowhere, so I slowed to a stop a little ways from the group. There were two toms and a half dozen or so hens. I expected them to run or fly away as I approached, but they didn't... they approached my vehicle!

So of course, my coworker and I rolled down our windows to take in the sight a little better - I started a gobbling conversation with the larger tom, while the other looked like he was about to make an attempt to fly through the window on the other side of the truck. They seemed very at ease, so must either be fed by people, or not really wild at all.

Strange thing to come across though... if the one tom had managed to get himself through the window like he was trying to do, we'd have been pegged for poaching for sure! (Not a good thing for natural resource employees in gov't vehicles, I'd wager...)

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