Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Sightings

Saturday Sighting

Wild Turkeys 

Recently along the tree line in our back field we have spotted a large number of wild turkeys congregating together. Turkeys are normally spotted in flocks and together they search the ground for nuts, berries, or insects. They are a common game bird in our area, however because the Backus-Page House Museum is part of the John E. Pearce Provincial Park we have NO hunting permitted on our grounds. This allows for us to see a variety of animals in our surrounding area. 

Wild Turkeys are known for the common gobbling sound that we hear during early spring as part of the turkey's mating rituals. Males puff themselves us and strut in order to impress their female counterparts. These birds are also known for their great size which can range from 5 to 18 lbs on average. Turkeys are covered in brown feathers and have a thin neck and small head that is normally red or blue in colour. Female turkeys lay between 4 - 17 eggs, young turkeys are fed for the first few days but then are meant to fend for themselves as part of the flock.

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