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Unexpected Visitor

I was out taking photos since my time is limited on my computer. I noticed on the other side of the fence something in the grass. There used to be a dairy farm behind the house but unfortunately it has been sold and houses are going up very quickly. Not good but you either accept it or move. Not ready to move.  Anyway, back to the visitor. The closer I got I realized it was  female turkey. Just one, by herself. You usually see a male and several females. But maybe she was lost, thinking what is this, there used to be a field here.

Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) live in woods in parts of North America and are the largest game birds found in this part of the world. They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights in low branches of trees (yes, wild turkeys can fly!). I found it a little odd she was not traveling in her flock as she used to do. Maybe there will be more to see. I will keep looking. You never know what you might see out in nature. Keep your camera with you all the time.



What do you think?

16 Points

Written by Carol DM


  1. We have those on our golf course, Carol, and they come right up to the bottom of the stairs at my place in Northern California. I am glad I have an upstairs unit, because those turkeys are HUGE. The males have a more prominent display, but they seem to know if I am trying to take a picture of them and turn right around and show their backsides!

    • Yes they are pretty big, remind me of a peacock. I grew up around all sorts of wild animals, this being one. I would see flocks and loved the males.

    • What is funny Albert is she returned just now. I was out getting more photos, she was closer this time. Makes me wonder still what was she doing alone. I am lucky to see such animals.

  2. Awesome Carol. Now theres something I don’t get to see in my travels. Here anyway. She looks as if she is by herself, but I bet ya that tom was in the woods or a tree nearby. They are a lot my cautious than the females.

  3. I remembered when I was holding turkeys.
    I had one big turkey who ate my watermelon from my hand.
    If I saw my wife in the yard, she would immediately hurry.
    She was mad and I smiled from laughter.

  4. I try to have my camera available at all times. but this morning I was not fast enough. I was driving to work, and I saw the most beautiful sunrise, but I couldn’t get to my phone fast enough. Darn! Nice looking turkey