In celebration of Earth Day, I embraced the cold air and warm sunshine, and tried to commune with nature by taking a long walk in the woods. I saw Brown Creepers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Black-capped Chickadees, none of which I photographed because I have lost my quick trigger finger for fast-moving birds. So I took photos of these slower-moving turkeys instead.
the bachelors, happy to hang out together while looking for good things to eat — and perhaps a female or two…
Unlike most wild turkeys that run from me when I see them in my backyard, these big Toms nonchalantly strolled through the woods foraging.
And they were happy to pose and to gobble every now and then. They really are very beautiful birds in the sunlight — if you just ignore the teeny weeny bare head and those red lumps of flesh dangling from the neck.
Same male as above — he’s just making sure I noticed him.
They are more uncomfortable out in the open in the grassland, and both made a beeline for the woods on the other side of this field.
No wonder Benjamin Franklin wanted to make them our national bird.