Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)






I'm not 100% sure that this is the species that I say it is! My bird books suggest that the wild turkey is gone from most of its original range, and suggests that it is not even found in Canada! But we've got a lot of these birds, and they sure look like turkeys, complete with the "Gobble - Gobble"! So, until someone lets me know otherwise, THIS is a wild turkey! We have a lot of them around, and in this picture, there is one chick visible. However, just before I took the picture, I counted a total of 8 chicks.
Do you remember Mr. Carlson in the famous Thanksgiving episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" proclaiming that he thought turkeys could fly? Well, I was the opposite! I didn't think they could fly, so imagine my surprise when one day while sitting on the deck at the campground, I saw a large shadow pass over me. I looked up, to see this large bird gracefully flying past! 


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