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That’s one VERY frustrated wild turkey!

“Hey! How come that dumb squirrel gets all the peanuts?!” Photo by Jeanne Thomas, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
I raised the peanut feeder 12 inches because the wild turkeys were eating me out of house and home.  It didn’t deter the squirrels from climbing up to get some peanuts, but you can tell the turkey is visibly disturbed.
Jeanne Thomas, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, California

Jeanne:
You can see it in the turkey’s eyes … “Hey! How come that dumb squirrel gets to eat the peanuts and I don’t?!” /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Under: fox squirrel, wild turkeys | 2 Comments »

Wild Turkeys: Surprise visitors at your backyard bird feeder!

Wild turkey hen and chicks feeding at backyard bird feeder. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
Saw a big puffy male wild turkey and two hens so I went to look for a nest and the pullets (chicks) started to run and I walked faster and those rascals are good fliers! Moving them up the hill to try and get a group photo — the chicks kept flying up the hill.

They built up an appetite with all the activity and stopped by the neighbor’s bird feeder to enjoy the spilled seed. So people with bird feeders in areas where turkeys live, have surprise visitors enjoying the spilled seed!
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, California
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Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2011
Under: wild turkeys | 1 Comment »

Wild turkeys can come in different color phases

Wild turkey hen “smoke” color phase. Photo by Pete Davidson, Martinez, CA
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Gary:
This unusually colored wild turkey showed up by herself in my backyard one morning a couple weeks ago. Haven’t seen one like that before.  Did some online research and found that it’s called the “smoke” color phase, which is one of the four distinct color variations of wild turkeys from what is considered the usual plumage. The others are erythritic or red phase, melanistic or black phase, and the true albinos which are pure white with pink eyes. My understanding is nearly all smoke color turkeys are hens.
Pete Davidson, Martinez, California

Pete:
I had no idea wild turkeys came in all these different color phases besides the normal colored plumage. Thanks for the information! /Gary

Wild turkey hen “smoke” color phase. Photo by Pete Davidson, Martinez, CA
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Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
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What’s that thumping on our roof? It’s NOT Santa!

Wild turkeys on roof. Photo by Richard Asadoorian, Antioch, CA
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Gary:
I heard a thumping on the house and thought it was the Comcast guy doing our install, but our dogs continued to go crazy. As I went out front, a contingency of neighbors were clicking cameras at our home and lo and behold you can see what was on our roof top.
Richard Asadoorian, Antioch, California

Richard:
The wild turkeys like to get up on our rooftops because they can get a better view of the surrounding area. Just checking out the turf … or maybe Comcast hired them to do your install.

I’ve received reports of wild turkeys from just about all over the Bay Area. Yours is the first I’ve heard from Antioch. More to come, I’m sure. If anyone  sees any wild turkeys in your neighborhood, please leave a reply/comment below listing the approx. numbers,  town and nearest cross streets. I’d like to get a rough count of how many turkeys we’ve got out there in never-never land. Thanks. /Gary

Wild turkeys on roof. Photo by Richard Asadoorian, Antioch, CA
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Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Under: wild turkeys | 8 Comments »

Wild turkeys, believe it or not, can fly

Wild turkey in flight. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Gary:
Here are some photos of Bay Area wildlife taken in the last month or so. Some wild tom turkeys showing their display. Also caught one in flight. They are better fliers than I would have thought. Landings can be a challenge.
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

Dave:
Or as the little kid said to his mom after seeing his first wild turkey landing … “Wild turkey go BOOM!” /Gary

Male wild turkeys strutting their stuff. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Under: wild turkeys | 1 Comment »

Wild Turkeys! They’re taking over!

Wild turkeys on roof. Photo by Gene Nokes, Dublin, CA
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Gary:
I just returned from my morning walk to find my home and yard visited by a flock of wild turkeys.  This was a big surprise as nothing like this has ever occurred before and we have lived in Dublin since 1979.  My neighbor said she counted 30 birds in all on our roof.  They made quite a thump when they jumped down from the top roof to the first floor roof. (My buddy wanted to know if they came to visit the “turkeys” that lived in the house!)
Gene Nokes, Dublin, California

Gene:
Seems like I’m hearing about more and more wild turkeys every day. The Rossmoor retirement community in Walnut Creek, CA, has hundreds of wild turkeys roaming around in several flocks. It will be interesting to see where all this leads.

I’m curious. Will everyone who reads this who has wild turkeys in the neighborhood where you live please leave a reply/comment below which lists the approx. number of turkeys, the town and nearest cross streets where they are? Let’s see if we can get some sort of count on what’s out there. That will be interesting. Thanks. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Under: wild turkeys | 15 Comments »

Wild turkeys stopping traffic in downtown Concord!

Wild turkeys in downtown Concord. Photo by Laura Olson, Concord, CA
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Gary:
I work with a bunch of turkeys in downtown Concord!  I took the above photo Tuesday (Feb. 15) morning from my 5th floor office across the street from the Concord BART station.  These guys stopped traffic on busy Clayton Road.  Quite a sight!
Laura Olson, Concord, California

Laura:
It’s getting to the point where you can’t go anywhere without running into a little (or a big!) flock of wild turkeys. I’m not sure what the answer is. The only thing I DO know is that sooner or later we humans are going to have to deal with them.

Just a couple of years ago the only turkey you ever encountered was the one who sat next to you in the office. As Bob Dylan once said, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” /Gary

Posted on Friday, February 18th, 2011
Under: wild turkeys | 6 Comments »

Wild turkeys crossing the road … to get to the other side

Photo by MacKenzie Terzian, Pleasant Hill, CA
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Gary:
Word on the street is that turkeys have unusually small brains. Well, not the turkeys that roamed through the intersection at Virginia Hills Safeway in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Escaping, only a few days before Thanksgiving, the rafter of turkeys made their way for the sweet hills of Paso Nogal Park.
MacKenzie Terzian, Pleasant Hill

MacKenzie:
They may have small brains but they appear to use them very efficiently. /Gary

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010
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Wild turkeys are too beautiful to eat for Thanksgiving!

Colorful wild turkeys in local business park. Photo by Susan Atkins, Walnut Creek, CA.
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Gary:
In the spirit of the season I would like to send you a picture of the turkey I took at a Walnut Creek, Calif.,  Business Park near the John Muir Hospital. First my husband and I were surprised at where we found the birds. Then, I was astounded to discover that turkeys are not brown.  They are every color of the rainbow.  Fortunately I had a long lens on my camera and was able to get a close up of those great colors even though I could not get close to the birds.
Susan Atkins, Walnut Creek, CA

Photo by Susan Atkins, Walnut Creek, CA
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Susan:
WOW! Who would want to eat one of these BEAUTIFUL birds for Thanksgiving? Anyone who gets a look at your colorful photos will turn into a vegetarian! /Gary

Posted on Monday, November 15th, 2010
Under: wild turkeys | 2 Comments »

Why did the wild turkey cross the road?

Wild turkey crossing road. Photo by Jim Richardson, Cherryland, CA
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Let’s have some fun with this!

Why did the wild turkey cross the road?

Please leave your answer below by clicking on “Leave a comment.” Thanks! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Under: wild turkeys | 4 Comments »