We often see wild turkeys near our house, especially in our back yard, which seems to be part of their regular route. Usually they come in flocks… yesterday there were several adult female turkeys and about twenty-four half-grown babies that are now about the size of a very large pigeon. The adults cluck to the babies the same way a hen clucks to her chicks, and the babies make a soft, constant chitter as they cautiously follow the adults. Usually a large male will lead the pack and another will bring up the rear, but we couldn’t see any of the big males this time.
Being very cautious
Mother standing guard
Mother turkey with some of her half-grown babies
Adult female turkeys with babies safely hidden in the bushes
The young turkeys follow single-file in a long line behind the adults
A quick retreat into the bushes when I got too close