HerbDoc has a “turkey tale” to tell: (please forgive the alliteration)
Several years ago I was delighted when a small flock of wild turkeys appeared on my wooded property. Since we feed songbirds year round, the turkeys eventually found what is thrown for those birds that prefer to feed on the ground.
The small flock has grown into what I like to call a “herd” of somewhere near 100 birds! It’s impossible to take a picture and capture all of them in one shot. They will eat almost anything, but particularly love cracked corn and sunflower seeds. Since the heavy snow arrived here, there’s not a berry left on any bush, and they have taken to eating some of the fat young buds on my spring flowering bushes.
When there isn’t sufficient food to satisfy them, a few will fly up to the second floor deck to tap on the French doors and peer in the dining room windows. These are my reminders that they’re hungry! In the meantime I think they’ve notified every turkey in the area that HerbDoc’s yard is the place to go for a free meal!
There are several large toms that will gobble when I open the door and speak their language (Gobble! Gobble!). They’re beginning to get the distinctive red and blue patches on their faces and are busily strutting their stuff and displaying their tail feathers while herding the hens into groups.
Can spring be far behind?