Turkey Courting Time
I posted back in February when the wild turkeys began showing up in my backyard. It is now breeding season when old Tom Turkey turns his thoughts to the girls. This is the second year in a row I have been able to witness the spring ritual. Back in February about twenty-five hens would pass through the backyard. The last time I saw that group was March 21st and they were accompanied by two gobblers. I took the above photo of a gobbler in all his puffed out feathered finery this past Friday morning.
On Friday I counted only about fifteen hens and the one gobbler. He strutted and gobbled and was quite interested but I don't think he got any takers. :)
I took this photo of a hen Sunday. She comes by almost daily all by herself and eats the birdseed the birds have knocked from the feeder. I'm wondering if she has a nest in the nearby woods. We saw the same kind of behavior last year. The past two years we have been fortunate to see baby turkeys. I hope this will be year three.
(click on images to enlarge)Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.