I haven’t seen much of the wild turkeys this year — it must not be a good year for acorns in my backyard. But two young males checked out the weed patch in my neighbor’s yard the other day, and found it far more interesting than my wildflower garden.
Male and female turkeys flock up in the fall, like many other bird species, but are segregated by sex, and to some extent by age. Young males (non-breeding jakes) will often hang out together all fall and winter, while a hen and her brood, or even multiple hens and broods form a flock of their own during fall and winter. Adult (breeding) males also form flocks outside of the breeding season, rarely including the young Toms — kind of like an “old boys’ club”.