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RE: turkeys


When driving to and from work I can cut through a state park if I
choose.  It's a lovely drive and I often go that way.  In the spring and
fall the wild turkeys inhabiting the park are really active and it is
quite common for a line of cars to be stopped while 30 or more cross the
two lane road (and they  do it very slowly - not the least intimidated
by the traffic).  Of course, everyone in the area is aware that turkeys
and deer are plentiful in the park and drives accordingly.  Occasionally
turkey will wander onto my property -  I've seen them move at surprising
speeds when startled by the neighbors' retriever.

Lynda
Zone 7 - West Tn

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of cathy carpenter
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 1:37 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT]turkeys


Bright probably in comparison to the domesticated turkey :+)! Cathy On
Monday, February 24, 2003, at 12:49 PM, David Franzman wrote:

> 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.
>
> DF
>
> 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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