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Friday, February 22, 2013

Talking Turkey

I know, I know, I'm suppose to be talking bunnies and chicks here but there are other animals out there "enjoying" spring as well...I'm talking turkeys!
I don't know if a lot of you have wild turkeys running around but just like in Maine we get quite a few passing by
pretty much every day here in Florida.
Well this morning, right before I was leaving to take my son to pre-k, this guy and his male entourage showed up at the bottom of my driveway..
boy was he showing off for the ladies!  He was turning and strutting and gobbling!
I tried to sneak around the house from out back to grab a couple of shots but he had no problem strutting right past me;
His head was quite white, which I looked up and found a few interesting facts (from Wikipedia):
"Males are polygamous, mating with as many hens as they can. Male wild turkeys display for females by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. Their heads and necks are colored brilliantly with red, blue and white. The color can change with the turkey's mood, with a solid white head and neck being the most excited. They use gobbling, drumming/booming and spitting as signs of social dominance, and to attract females.  Males may be seen courting in groups.  Courtship begins during the months of March and April, which is when turkeys are still flocked together in winter areas."
You go Tom!
Have a great weekend:)


Margaret said...

Those turkeys are beautiful; they almost seem artificial! How cool! I have seen them in rural areas. None here in Commack. Long Island!

earlene said...

Morning Lori
You took a good picture. we have them and love watching them.
Happy Saturday!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, that is one handsome Tom, he`s strutting his stuff.......Great pictures, we also have them around but have not got that close to them...yet, Francine.