Linking up with Eileen and her Saturday Critters!
This morning just after 7:00 a.m. while my little charge was eating breakfast, we witnessed an unusual sight in my backyard. A wild turkey suddenly appeared over the fence!! I was just amazed to see this woodland bird as I live in the middle of town, and here was this enormous bird strutting through the yard. He flew up to the fence between my neighbour's and my yard, and then strutted through their yard, and the next yard. I sure hope he found a safe way back to some wooded area because I'm very close to a busy six-lane highway, and he certainly wouldn't have made it across there. I've never seen a turkey in my neighbourhood before. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of him.
Anyway, I took it as a sign that I should visit the marsh today where there are lots of birds, including turkeys! With all kids in tow we headed out this morning. When we arrived and started tossing a few seeds out to the Canada geese and the mallard ducks, suddenly turkeys came stealthily through the woods. First just one or two, but before we knew it we were surrounded by 15 wild turkeys!
And it's mating season, so the Toms were in full display and bright colours trying to lure in the girls. Of course, the girls only had their eyes set on our bird seeds and were giving the Toms the cold shoulder ... brrrr! I was able to witness the Toms fighting last spring at this time.
Just look at these displaying birds! Fluffed and puffed to a brilliance that couldn't be ignored.
But ignored they were. The hens were just too focused on a food frenzy.
So the Toms had a little huddle and a little gobble, and then their feathers settled back down, and they strutted with their heads held high in practiced indifference back to the woods.
Spring is in the air!
Thanks for stopping by today!