Monday, April 19, 2010

A Little Bit of Gobbler Red

This was the scene from my sunroom window looking out into my backyard last Wednesday. We have had a herd of turkeys visiting regularly for about three weeks and for some reason usually on Wednesday. The hens come in and eat the fallen seed from the bird feeder. They are literally right outside my window. This is the closest old Tom has come. He doesn't come under the feeder. He just struts around hoping to be attractive I guess.
There is a total of eight turkeys in our little herd. This old guy and his six ladies and a younger jake (male). We were lucky last summer to have baby turkeys visit our yard. I hope this is a sign that the same will happen this year.
In this shot you can see one of the hens behind Tom. So far I don't think he has won the heart of any of the ladies. :)
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32 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

I had no idea that turkeys just wandered like this! And these photos certainly show the amazing detail of their patterned feathers! Lovely shots!

Thom said...

Old Tom is slipping in his old age LOL He better watch out for Jack LOL. Wonderful photos my friend. You are so lucky to have these come to your yard. :)

I don't know if I told you but my grandparents years ago had a male pheasant and a female come to their yard for years. My GM named them Phil and his girlfriend. It was a wonderful site. Unfortunately one year they just never returned. It was sad for all of us especially my GM :)

Shoshana said...

nice music...and love the shot!

My RR

Quilly said...

Carletta -- maybe the ladies are just being coy? Can't wait to see the babies!

EG Wow said...

OK, now I am very jealous. I have been trying to find a turkey displaying like this for several weeks! Great shot, Carletta!

Leedra said...

Neat that they come so close. I would love to see the babies. I can sit on my porch and hear them, but trees are between them and me.

Jim said...

Do you think a few will stay until Thanksgiving? If you don't know what a chicken catcher is I can tell you. And if they don't make them anymore you could make one.
Happy RT! Oh yes, those are good looking turkey pictures. :)
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Leora said...

The turkeys just wander around? They don't belong to anyone? Such nice visitors.

judi said...

he should win something! He wone my admiration, look at that beard!
great shots all.

Janie B said...

Goodness, they sure have a lot of feathers! It's like he "overdressed" for the hens. Ha!

Lynda Howells said...

How could the ladies not fall for him? he is gorgeous! Ha! I wouldn't mind some of his feathers!!xx Love image and a happy ruby tuesday to you my friend xx
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Patti said...

He is rather good-looking. The women don't know what they are missing. haha

That's cool that they just wander into the yard, and on Wednesdays too.

There must be a reason..

Paz said...

I LOVE these turkey photos. ;-)

Paz

mirage2g said...

Ain't they bit noisy at times? I have fear of Turkeys coz they tend to follow you around and bite :D But lovely creatures...

Have a nice week ahead, Mirage

chubskulit said...

Wow, must be fun to watch them come and go.

Valentine Rubies

nice A said...

Lovely sight at your backyard with those turkeys roaming around. Love their noise.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful pictures, Carletta. That big male turkey has alot of women in his group.... I have heard that male turkeys will take any or all females who will 'do the deed' with him... SO---I'm sure you'll have some babies around soon!!!!! ha ha

Great pictures..... That Tom looks quite proud of his beauty, doesn't he???
Hugs,
Betsy

Joops said...

Gobble gobble, love the second shot. Would love to see them wonder around over in our area sometime..

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Pat said...

Wow - these don't look like wild turkeys. Are they wild? I love the red waddle! Great contribution for Ruby Tuesday!

luna miranda said...

wonderful guests you have.:p
when i was a kid, our neighbor had a herd of turkeys that chased the kids in the neighborhood.:p

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's too funny that they're on a schedule! Wednesday is gathering day at Carletta's huh? Great pictures. I would love to have them in our yard. Not gonna' happen here but there could be a chance back in Oregon.

Dianne said...

he is certainly trying to win her heart!
great photos

Tom said...

When I heard you had a picture or two of 'Old Tom' I thought I'd better come and have a look at myself.... ha! yours are by far better looking than me.

Annie said...

What a trip. I just don't think about things like front yard turkeys. This is really wonderful. You are so lucky. Hmmmm, that being said, considering the mess the Canada geese leave around here, I hope it's not too bad a mess when they visit.

kaye said...

great shots Carletta!

ellen b. said...

That's one fine turkey! Happy Ruby to you!

Raven said...

Way cool. I'd love to see one of these in real life. They are awesome looking birds.

Rose said...

Great captures...did you know that quilters always talk about fabric used in older quilts and its color is called turkey red?

nonizamboni said...

Great turkey captures! We have a bunch in our area too and tho I haven't been bothered by any I know people who have. Oh dear!

Marice said...

that turkey looks fierce :)

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George said...

I hope Tom winds the heart of at least one of the ladies so you can photograph some babies for us later this year.

Stephany said...

Old Tom really is a strutter, isn't he? LOL! These are great shots!