Monday, August 24, 2009

Turkey Chuckles

There's a gang of five Wild Turkeys that live in the area in and around our place up at Hasty. I call them a gang because they've been known to chase our construction guys around the site. They seem particularly possessive of our yard and driveway. Last month when Art and I were up there Art heard them clucking and chuckling outside the camper. I started taking photos through the screen door but moved quietly out the door to stand about ten feet from them. This male in particular was so engrossed in pecking at the chrome on the bottom of Art's truck that he didn't mind my being so close. He'd make his funny mumbling noises, looking from every angle and then would haul off and smack his beak into the truck. Clang! Others in the gang crawled under the truck looking for the rival. You can see one peeking under the truck and one under the truck looking back. I think the one by the driveway is the look-out. The big guy in the middle puffed himself up, spread his tail feathers and dropped his wings in indignation.
The nerve of that truck-turkey!
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28 comments:

Mike and Lizette said...

Looks like one is saying tire lookin' a little flat.

Linda in Erie said...

That's pretty awesome that you get to see animals up close and personal all the time up there at Hasty Brook.

T.R. said...

He's either attacking his reflection or using the chrome to mark the days until Thanksgiving. Great pics!

Jayne said...

Tee hee hee! How funny Lynne!

Beth said...

A look-out turkey! Hee, hee.

Beth

troutbirder said...

Strange birds indeed. I'm astonished at these birds, once quite rare in this state, having migrated so far north.

Montanagirl said...

Great story line Lynne. Nice pictures too!

Carolyn H said...

Lynne: That's so typical of turkeys. Last evening a gang of them wouldn't cross the road as I drove home to Roundtop. Just stood there and looked at me. Odd birds.

CarolynH.

Bird Girl said...

What a riot! My hubby enjoyed this post (which is unusual;-) Your gang thinks they OWN the place - haha - maybe they do ???

Carol said...

Our wild Toms love looking at themselves in the chrome. Gets them to really strut their stuff.

www.wildlifearoundus.blogspot.com

fourwindsphotojournal said...

What a good turkey story, Lynn. I like that little one best. Birds and animals are just as nosy as people.

I wonder what they would do if you hung a small mirror on a tree, just at turkey level?

fourwindsphotojournal said...

What a good turkey story, Lynn. I like that little one best. Birds and animals are just as nosy as people.

I wonder what they would do if you hung a small mirror on a tree, just at turkey level?

Red said...

Hilarious! I wonder if in certain spots they see triple or quadruple turkeys and scare themselves ;)

Kathiesbirds said...

Lynne, how funny! Guess they will be your new neighbors when you move up there!

warriormom said...

Nice to see someone else having turkey adventures. I've only had one faithful visitor all summer, although last night there were two.

http://wide-eyed-window.blogspot.com/2009/08/well-hello-there.html

The Early Birder said...

Lynne, It looks like youv'e inherited your own personal "security" force! FAB

Tina said...

lol!! This was too funny!! I guess they are not ready yet to give over their turf!! Who needs dogs to protect you when you have a flock of turkeys to run off the workmen!! Now can you teach them to sit and stay?

NCmountainwoman said...

Looks more interesting than the fun-house mirrors. What a hoot! I'd love to see your "gang of five" go up against your construction workers.

dAwN said...

Hee hee...
Silly Turkeys...I think you will have nice neighbors..but hope they dont put little dents all over your truck.

Ruth said...

I only see wild turkeys at the back of fields, far from the road. These ones are so bold! Nice to see the progress at Hasty Brook.

Q said...

Such a funny group of birds.
I watched a huge flock while investigating a prairie. The field next to the grasses was just harvested. The turkeys were amazing! Yours are very bold!
Sherry

JKoenig said...

How funny to see them checking out your truck! We have them around here in the fall. They sure can be noisy...

RuthieJ said...

That turkey looks mighty tasty! ;-)

Kelly said...

Hahaha.....you made me laugh! I can just picture it.

dguzman said...

I love those turkeys the way you love TuVus--keep the pics coming! I love your Turkey Gang. Should we come up with a name for them, maybe like "Los Turkeys" or something?

Elizabeth said...

I love wild turkeys!!! What a hilarious picture.

Shelley said...

This made me laugh! The one turkey on the left looks like he's examining your tires for a flat!

Eve said...

That is so funny Lynne! I didn't see the "unders" until you mentioned it! hahahaha!