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Turkeys in the rain

Today it was totally pouring rain, which is a rare thing around here. It’s supposed to rain most of the week and it also rained last week.

I was sitting in my office when my coworker Matt said, “Look at that!” Wild turkeys were having a stroll behind the church. As we counted, we discovered 8 turkeys! (Later I discovered there were 9).

Later when I was going home, there were all the turkeys — camped out on the grass by our parking lot! I took a picture of them from my car. I have never seen so many wild turkeys together before. I guess it illustrates that birds of a feather do flock together.

Here’s a zoomed in picture.

Boy those things are big! I wonder how much they weigh in comparison to their Butterball brethren?

They looked a bit cold and miserable huddled out there in the rain. But I’m sure their feathers protected them.

Life must be pretty slow if I’m blogging about turkeys…


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  • Reply Glen Nielsen

    Gobble-gobble! They appear quite content sitting in that field with all their feathers protecting them from the cold wind and rain.

    I often wondered why Benjamin Franklin was reported to have preferred them rather than the bald eagle as our national bird. I just looked it up, and after a scathing assessment of the bald eagle, he states: “For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

    Hmm, ok, that sounds a little bit more tongue-in-cheek than I expected. Now that I think about it, I guess they are a little vain and silly … hmm … no wonder they’re so cool …

    March 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Carmen Lin

    I do not know if turkeys are vain or not. I think sometimes some people are so vain that even the vainest birds are no comparison to them.
    Angela, were things really that slow for you that you have no better subject than talking about turkeys? I like this report. Those are interesting pictures.
    Remember that Thanksgiving when I was in Roseville we saw turkeys? Those turkeys were small, in comparison to the ones here. Good that you captured these turkeys in your pictures!

    March 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    • Reply Angela Yee

      Ha ha — no, actually there is a lot going on, but I don’t have many pictures to show!

      March 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm

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