I’ve been meaning to post this picture that was sent to me last month. He is a wonderful photographer and took this picture in his back yard. When I was young there were no wild turkeys around. I think it was Cornell University that started a program to reintroduce the wild turkey and the experiment has turned out probably better than anyone imagined. Even two hunting seasons a year hasn’t dimished the number of turkeys you see around here.

And here is some additional facts about turkeys for my loyal readers who are preparing for Final Jeopardy:

In the spring, male turkeys puff up their bodies, spread their tail feathers, grunt and make their gobbling sound to attract as many females as possible.

After mating, the female turkey prepares a nest under a bush in the woods and lays her eggs. She will lay one egg each day until she has a complete clutch of about 8 to 16 eggs. The eggs are tan and speckled brown eggs. It takes about 28 days for the chicks to hatch. After hatching, the babies, correctly known as poults, will flock with their mother all year. The first two weeks they won’t be able to fly and the mother will roost with them on the ground.

Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States.

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