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Re: turkeys

I went steelhead fishing up the coast yesterday and on the way we almost
wiped out a half dozen wild turkeys.  They very slowly made their way across
the hiway.  I thought wild turkeys were bright?  These certainly weren't.


cathy carpenter wrote:

> The reason, I think that Benjamin Franklin wanted the Wild Turkey as our
> national symbol. He considered the Bald Eagle of questionable character.
> Cathy
> On Sunday, February 23, 2003, at 05:07 PM, Island Jim wrote:
> > this is my bald eagle/blue heron story. if you've read it a dozen times
> > before, accept my apology and hit the delete button.
> >
> > it was a warm day in winter, the short one and i had just purchased a
> > new convertible [her mid-life chrysler], and we were driving through
> > blackwater wildlife refuge with the top down. blackwater is on the
> > chesapeake bay out of cambridge, maryland. the road through the refuge
> > is essentially a big loop and we were on the back side of the loop. on
> > the driver's side of the road was a swale with maybe a foot or so of
> > water in it.
> >
> > we marvelled to see, a short way ahead of us a great blue heron fishing
> > the swale and--as we watched, it caught a fish! but just as we were
> > congratulating ourselves on such a witnessing [and by now we were
> > nearly abreast of the heron], we heard a most blood-curdling scream.
> > and there, maybe 10 feet from the car was a bald eagle, flying at the
> > heron, talons and claws in front, and demanding the fish.
> >
> > the heron [no dummy, of course] dropped the fish. the eagle caught it
> > before it hit the water. and was off. we watched its flight as it
> > headed straight for a tree-top nest maybe 500 yards away.
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