Date: 11/17/20 5:24 pm From: Lesley Brown <brown.lesley.steve...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: Wild Turkeys, Adams County
Your post touched me. Thank you for sharing.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:13:09 PM UTC-7 modise wrote:
> I bicycle past that cemetery regularly, and I see those turkeys about half
> the time. It's such a treat to see them in the urban corridor!
> Bryan Arnold
> Jefferson County
> On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:06:57 PM UTC-7 Tom Wilberding wrote:
>> Hello birders,
>> No rarities to report, just a rather unusual Wild Turkey sighting.
>> Barb and I took advantage of the warm, sunny weather today and rode our
>> bikes from the Bluff Lake Nature Center northwest along Sand Creek on the
>> Sand Creek bike path to the confluence of Sand Creek and the South. Platte
>> River. An industrial corridor. Barb: “When’s it going to get pretty?”
>> The most birds we saw was at the Denver sewage plant, the effluence at
>> the confluence, the sudsy, sulfurous cascades below the plant. Here there
>> were hundreds of American Wigeon and Northern Shovelers frantically
>> gobbling up whatever was flowing from Denver’s Cloaca Maxima.
>> We biked south on the South Platte River bike path to the spooky
>> necropolis of Riverside Cemetery, home of Augusta Tabor since 1895 and
>> Governor John Evans since 1897. We stopped for a break before heading back.
>> Barb heard some rustling in the leaves below us on the bank. “Turkeys!”
>> There were four adults crouching on the bank next to a King Sooper
>> grocery cart and broken concrete. A passing local bicyclists said he
>> photographed them here in the spring when they were poults and later
>> watched them become jakes and jennies, now Toms and hens. Location here:
>> https://goo.gl/maps/4hxSZ1zcVVuDJQ3r8 >>
>> It was a strange Thanksgiving tableau, far from Currier & Ives. These
>> turkeys were at home with the sounds, sights, and smells of the Denver
>> sewage plant, the Cherokee coal plant, rumbling coal trains, roaring semis,
>> a homeless encampment, an oil refinery, and a concrete crushing mill.
>> Nature persists, even in difficult conditions, and so may we all this
>> Thanksgiving and in the coming months 'til spring, when the pandemic may
>> finally end.
>> Tom Wilberding
>> Littleton, CO