Only rarely do we see a wild turkey at the house during the summer as they pretty much stay in my forest nesting and raising young. At that time there's ample food in the surrounding wheat fields.
But at this time of year they are regulars at cleaning up under the bird feeders. Not only does some seed fall from the feeders, we spread some on the ground for the quail.
The turkeys are usually in groups of about a dozen and leisurely wander in from the forest as was the case on this particular snowy day.
Over and over I look out the window and see a turkey on top of the feeder trying to figure out how to get to that seed.
They will change position several times to lean farther over the edge and they can sometimes get within an inch of the seed and then lose their balance and fall off.
Undeterred they fly back up and try again to no avail... What they have done is make the feeder quite unstable with all that activity. I'll have to build a stronger feeder this spring and extend the roof out just a bit more.
Also there is another ongoing drama. The tallest pine tree on the farm is right outside my bedroom window. Year round it's the favorite perch of our great horned owl and I hear it almost nightly. But of late it has been louder and more repetitive apparently trying to attract a sweetheart. I'm pleased to report that it has been successful as all week I have heard another owl responding....a whole lot of hootin' going on is a sure sign that maybe spring is really coming....although it has snowed all day.
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