By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 7:05 am in wild turkeys.
It’s not too often you can look outside and see this. These wild turkeys took up a warm spot on our neighbor’s rooftop . Such magnificent creatures. They would take turns resting and acting as watchful eyes. My camera clicking would alarm them some. We got to enjoy them for a good hour.
It was amazing to watch them so close up. Our daughters and Ruby (our Lab) were fascinated. You can imagine with that many in a group. The sounds were melodic. I never knew they had those colorful feathers and how when resting, one was on lookout.
They made their way from rooftop to ground across the street and down our block. Clearly much more domesticated than I expected. We live alongside a creek (behind our home) a block from Northgate High School. After they left. A northern flicker decided to show up too. I could not get a clear picture due to rain. We have only been here a year and have only seen one or two wild turkeys from a distance along the horse trail at the end of our block. Since moving here we got a bird chart to identify what may come. Mother Nature’s creatures are present. I just took a picture last week of two hawks in our tree. Maybe they all feel comfortable showing up.
Last year we had a number of ducks. Two of them who were here daily we named Tinker Bell and Puddles. We hope for their return this year. I feel lucky we get to witness these things up close and personal.
Lynda Nunn, Walnut Creek, California
Now you understand why I call our backyards, the “Urban Wilderness.” If you take the time to watch, and be patient, sooner or later you will see just about every wild creature you can imagine wandering through your yard. Especially at night. Keep your camera ready! /Gary