I don’t know where wild turkeys spent the recent miserable winter, but the bunch at Fort Snelling must have found plenty of sustenance. On a recent warm (i.e., above freezing) day, they were out in great numbers along the road in the park.
Hens stick together in small flocks outside of the breeding season, often foraging and roosting at night as a group. However, in the breeding season (which must begin soon), hens join the all male flocks to be entertained by the strutting, drumming, and gobbling of multiple males.
The role of the male turkey in the whole reproductive process is pretty simple — to look (and sound) good enough to attract as many females as possible. Apparently, an individual male’s success with the opposite sex is better if he presents himself as part of a male duo — the dominant male having the most success and his sidekick lesser success but still able to pass along some of their genes. This scheme works because the two males are often brothers sharing a lot of the same genes.
Males don’t participate in any of the nesting (which takes about 28 days) or chick rearing, so after an intense few weeks of feather ruffling and strutting, they rejoin their bachelor brothers for a pleasant summer of loafing.