Monday, December 24, 2012

Domestic Wild Turkeys & Wild Domestic Ducks?



We've had Wild Turkeys roaming around out backyard for a while. We don't  live in the woods or on a farm so watching the antics of the turkeys is a treat for us. As you can see, they aren't exactly shy.


I've watched them eating lavender, ornamental holly berries, dropped bird seed, and whatever they find  scratching through the fallen leaves I left behind. It seems that Wild Turkeys have adapted well to changing habitat. They find food in woods, fields, and aren't afraid to visit residential neighborhoods when the need arises.
  These are pet ducks which have taken the opposite approach from the turkeys. Instead of leaving the wild to visit someones backyard ,they left home and  swam downstream. I found them along a woodland trail eating some sort of algae from the bottom of the brook.

I find it interesting to watch birds adapt to areas  outside of their natural habitat. It doesn't matter to them whether they are domestic or wild. They just want to know where the food is!
 

6 comments:

Whitemist said...

Wild Turkeys are in or near downtown Stamford (Bulls head, if you know where that is). it is amazing. My dad who hunted (in Texas not CT) loved wild turkey - all dark and not fatty!

Larry said...

Whitemist-I've been to Stamford-not exactly what you'd call country!

Hilke Breder said...

Interesting post, Larry! I hadn't realized that the Turkey heads were so naked, almost look like vultures, but have a hard time seeing a reason for it, not having to keep them clean as the vultures do. There is nice post, by the way, in 10,000 Birds on "Manky Ducks" that is ducks with a feather tuft on their heads. Happy new year!

Larry said...

Hilk breder-Maybe there's other reasons for birds like turkeys and vultures to have a bare head other than just keeping it from getting dirty? I'll have to check out that post at 10,000 birds.-thanks-and Happy New Year!

Kathie Brown said...

Yes, it is all about the food!

Larry said...

Kathie-I guess to some extent that's true for every living thing on earth-including us!