Date: 5/23/20 9:48 am From: Ron <waxwing...> Subject: Turkey stories
Reading the cardinal story, I remembered a turkey learning session. Some years ago, we had a hen raising babies in our field and yard. We counted almost daily as the young went from 11 down to 3. At that point they were over half-grown and flighted, so could get off the ground at night and be safer. Once, in the yard, they were together when the hen walked off 80-100 feet. The three stayed in a triangle facing out. After a minute or so, she walked back and they left together. I guess it was training to watch for predators.
A funny story about them. Some weeks later, when the young were almost full-sized, a Cooper’s Hawk came swooping in low toward them. The hen saw it and ran its way. The hawk did a U-turn and got out of there. Needless to say, it was a juvenile. I’m not sure what the plans were with a grown turkey, maybe thinking it would eat for a month!