Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lonely Turkey & Tired Of Pink-footed Geese

  This Wild Turkey hen has been visiting our us for several months. It roosts in a large yew tree in our back yard at night. We see it every morning  eating seed beneath the birdfeeders. I've also seen it eat plants from last year's garden and berries from the holly bushes. We are amused when we see it run quickly across the open yard as if it were being chased.

 The strange thing about this bird is that I've never seen it with any other turkeys. I say strange because I'm used to seeing turkeys in groups numbering from about 10 to as many as 50 . This one has been solo  since November. I believe the mating season starts some time around March or April so I'm curious to see if she will be moving on soon.
I haven't been doing much birding recently but I did get one thing out of the way. There has been Pink-footed Goose reports by the dozen for months now. I finally got around to seeing one at a field in South Windsor. Several other birders were there and were kind enough to point it out to me. Can you see it out there in the field with the Canada Geese? It has a little scratch on its left foot. A picture was out of the question but I was glad to finally see one. Now I don't have to keep reading about Pink-footed Geese on the daily bird report trying to decide if I should go look for it.


Dawn Fine said...

Congrats on seeing the Pink Footed Goose!

troutbirder said...

Wow. That's quite a pair of binoculars to see that scratch. Amazing really.... :)

Kathie Brown said...

Congrats! your perseverance paid off! I have yet to see one myself!

Larry said...

Dawn @ Wren-thanks

troutbirder-Yes they are good but I still had to squint and use my good eye for maximum detail.

Kathie-I saw it reported so many times that I finally went to see it.