Sunday, June 20, 2010

Young Ones…

We went over to Wilkes County, Georgia, last weekend. W has been participating in a frog survey and last Saturday night conditions were right for running the route. I wanted to go early to look for wildflowers. We drove up the route in the late afternoon.

There in a field were a couple of Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) hens with four young ones making their way through the field about 50 yards from the road. They weren’t alarmed. They made their way through the field, stopping periodically to eat. The young ones would fall behind a little and then have to scurry to catch up.

One of the poults is immediately below the hen on the right; two of the others are in a horizontal line to the right.

Four poults are visible. Two are feeding and the other two – second and fourth in the same line – have their heads up.

This was quite a different site from the large flock of Wild Turkey was saw at Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center last Fall.

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Identification resources:
The Cornell Institute of Ornithology - All About Birds: Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Related posts:
- Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center: Wild Turkey

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