For the last two days, a male turkey — Tom to his friends — has spent his days patrolling our floodplain for savory morsels. He must be finding plenty, judging by his size. Tom is not a petite bird.
I apologize for the fuzzy photos. I took these this afternoon when I tested Tom’s tolerance by stepping quietly out onto my back deck to take these candids. He never even looked my way, but I was trying to stay in the shadows and be very quiet.
My trusty reference books tell me that wild turkeys in my area are usually nesting about now. The females do all the egg-sitting on nests they build right on the ground. During that time, the males keep away, probably to prevent predators from having too easy a time finding the nest. We figure Tom here has been banished by his harem until the chicks are able to move about on their own.
Look at the size of that foot! I suspect his nest-sitting harem is not too far away. I hope he’ll bring wives and chicks to forage on the floodplain when they’re ready. Of course, it’s getting trickier to take these long shots, now that the plants are leafing out with enthusiasm.
Flowers are busting out all over too. Here are just a few of the plants I found blooming today.
This is just a sample of what’s blooming right now. You really can’t beat my area this time of year for flower power.
But it’s not everyday a Tom turkey joins the party. He’s an example of why Wonder Spouse and I have worked so hard to enhance the native microenvironments on our five acres. We never know who might stop by for dinner.
Happy Spring, y’all.