By Gary Bogue
Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 7:18 am in wild turkeys.
I’m Mike Steinberg, a long time resident of Berkeley. I’ve appreciated your column for years. Occasionally I cut one out to share with friends.
I thought these pictures I took today might interest you. Across the street from my house on Cornell Ave. in Berkeley, a flock of perhaps 15-20 wild turkeys appeared out of nowhere and settled for a few minutes on several of my neighbor’s roofs today, Dec 27. Attached are some of the pictures I took of them.
One of my neighbors keeps chickens in her backyard and she said those chickens were very upset by the sight of these turkeys.
Mike Steinberg, Berkeley, California
Great shots! Seems like there are wild turkeys popping up all over the San Francisco Bay Area these days. At the rate the wild turkey population is growing around here, in a couple more years, THEY will be having US for Thanksgiving Dinner!
I heard a loud THUMP on the roof of my own house in Benicia and went out on the deck and looked up into the eyes of a huge tom turkey peering down at me over the edge of the roof.
I’m not surprised your neighbor’s chickens got upset with the turkeys. I suspect it was not so much that there were BIG turkeys in your yard, as it was that there were BIG turkeys up on your rooftop looking down on them. That’s kind of threatening. Thanks for sharing the photos. /Gary