Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday: Turkey Hen

Wild turkeys vist my yard often as many of my regular readers know. Since early April this hen has been visiting very regularly. For a while it was every day. She may still I just may not always see her. For the past two years a lone hen has paid regular visits to the backyard. I was hoping that she had a nest in the nearby woods. There have been no signs of babies yet but I think there is still hope.
She seems to have a path that she normally makes and feeds a little while under the backyard oak tree before she begins heading once again for the woods.
If you are wondering what she eats take a look at this photo. She comes and eats whatever the birds leave scattered on the ground under the bird feeder. With one of those cow birds gobbling down you know there is a lot dropping to the ground. These photos are from an earlier visit. When she came by yesterday she found a little left over cracked corn I had thrown out for the squirrel that visits regularly.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

26 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

how cool! i never get to see them here!

Gary said...

She'a real beauty!!Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

Great photos and very interesting to have her visiting your yard so frequently.

heyBJK said...

Lucky you! Turkeys aren't typical backyard visitors. Great photos, Carletta!

kaye said...

fun :)

Colin said...

Hi Carletta
Great that you have these "wild turkeys" as visitors. They really look like barnyard turkeys to my eyes, nothing like our "bush turkeys" in Australia and I think for that you should be very grateful. Ours are pretty to see, but holy hell, they are garden wreckers of the best variety and very dirty "poopers" - ha ha!
Here for your viewers to compare.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Brush-turkey

I have no idea why an "r" has been added to BUSH! (BRUSH)

Cheers
Colin (Brisbane.Australia)
Weather report: No change, but rain is expected from tonight (Wednesday) until Friday.
Canberra and the political shenanigans is a "hot house" of air ha ha!

Linda said...

What a pretty hen! I love getting to see these in the wild...of course, I have to travel somewhere to see them wild!

HansHB said...

Great post, - perfect for WBW!

Red said...

I always find wild turkeys interesting as we don't have them here. Nice description of the bird to go along with the photo

eileeninmd said...

Carletta, your turkeys must love your bird seed. Cool visitors to your yard. Great post!

George said...

I hope you will be able to see some baby turkeys this year. I can understand why the hen keeps coming back, thanks to the feast you provide.

Jean said...

I hear turkeys in the woods surrounding my place but have never seen them in my yard. Lucky You! Great pictures to support your claim.:-D)

NatureStop said...

Carletta,
She is beautiful and lucky you having her visiting you. Thanks for sharing!Have a great day.

Shantana

Pat said...

They are wonderful to see. I hope you get to see little ones!

Nature Rambles said...

I'd love to have a visitor like that! You got some awesome shots!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the turkey hen.

JunieRose2005 said...

How exciting! I'd love watching that turkey hen! I hope she has a nest and will soon show you her babies!

Debbie said...

i see wild turkeys on some of the local farms. perhaps if they are on a farm, they are not considered wild. they always run off when i try to get a picture...

perhaps they are coming to your place to enjoy the fallen bird seed!!

judi/Gmj said...

You don't need a "bird blind" you have your whole house! Fantastic shots and observations on nature.
I bet the wild life thinks highly of you, birds squirrels, deer..s. :D

NatureFootstep said...

I hope she will have some chicks for you to follow. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Glad they are back for the season! When we fed birds at our house in Oregon, we actually had a patch of puny sunflowers growing under the feeder -- I could have used the turkey to clean up the fallen seeds!

The Coal Miner and Me said...

Carletta, very nice photos. We have turkeys around here, too, but have yet to get such nice photos of them.

Ours seem to spook fairly easily. Understandably, I guess.

Arija said...

Wonderful wild turkey shots Carletta. You bave beautifully captured the sheen on their feathers.

Larry said...

We have a hen turkey that visits us also. I'm sure they are nesting simply because it is that time of year and they are by themselves. Nice shots Carletta!

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Oh I hope there are babies!

Rose said...

How wonderful that you get to see her in your yard!

I am just scrolling through to see what I have missed...won't comment on all probably.