Date: 3/4/17 6:20 am From: Tammy Eustis via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Odd turkey video
It's most likely "predator inspection behavior", as mentioned in this NPR article: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/02/518200840/turkeys-circling-a-dead-cat-are-probably-wary-not-working-dark-magic When we had wild turkeys hanging out in our yard (for a decade, so we got used their peculiarities), I saw them do this once to our small female cat, as she desperately tried to take a bathroom break in our garden. I thought it was hysterical, but it made Guinevere so neurotic about going to the bathroom after that - she'd howl when she got in the litterbox, as if to say "I'm going now! Keep the turkeys away!" Other than that instance, our cats and the turkeys lived in a peaceful, respectful coexistence. :-) Tammy Eustis, Chester
-------- Original Message -------- Subject: [CT Birds] Odd turkey video From: Larry Havey via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Date: Fri, March 03, 2017 10:02 pm To: <ctbirds...>
Can anyone correctly explain what's behind this strange behavior by these turkeys in this video? My family keeps emailing me because I guess I'm the "bird guy" in the family. But I'm stumped on this one.