By Gary Bogue
Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 6:31 am in wild turkeys.
Proof positive for the person who wrote your daily newspaper column wondering if wild turkeys can fly! Also proof that the folks in Livermore, CA, really did see a turkey on the roof! I can personally vouch that they sound like logs hitting your roof when they land! Here they are in my Antioch neighborhood “walking AND roof sitting!” They let me get pretty close to take their photos!
Jojy Smith, Antioch, California
Hard to believe these huge birds can get off the ground, but they sure can! And they’re pretty graceful, too. Flying tanks. Check out the following e-mail about flying wild turkeys I just received from Pat Trapani at the Rossmoor Retirement Community in Walnut Creek /Gary
Regarding your column in Wednesday’s (Sept. 7) Contra Costa Times — last Spring I took my 7-year-old grandson with me scouting a trail on the east slopes of Mount Diablo for a future hike with our hiking club. We passed the largest flock of turkeys I’ve ever seen. My grandson counted approximately 50. (It’s hard to count that many turkeys!)
When I took the club on the trip a few weeks later, we heard a flock of turkeys above us on the mountain some distance away, calling to a flock of turkeys down below us some distance on leveler ground. They kept calling back and forth. We couldn’t see them, only hear them. Suddenly there was a lot of “whooshes” and then above us very high, we saw the upper flock of 20 or more turkeys in flight with wings extended like raptors, gliding down on the air current – joining the flock below. I have to say, it was a most extraordinary sight.
There were about 12 of us and none had ever witnessed anything like this. Turkeys fly very well. It is my understanding, when the colonists came to this country, they were quite a challenge to hunt.
Pat Trapani, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, California
Case closed! Wild turkeys can fly! Next time you go hiking, keep your head down! /Gary