BACKYARD TALES

Gobbling Courage

Two stories of stalwart turkeys

Anthony (Tony/Pcunix) Lawrence 👀
Open Microphone
Published in
4 min readJun 19, 2024

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A cartoon depicting a lone turkey stares down a coyote
AI image by ChatGPT

We frequently see flocks of turkeys in our neighborhood. They strut through our yards on their way to who knows where. Traffic doesn’t seem to worry them; the flocks seem to stare down drivers, sending some unspoken version of “I am crossing this street NOW, buddy!”

I’ve never seen a dead turkey on our streets. Squirrels, turtles, birds, skunks, deer, yes, but never a turkey. I cannot imagine why.

I do often see lone Toms and lone females. I know why the Toms are alone; they don’t yet have their harem and are scouting for opportunities to get one started. When I first noticed lone females, I worried for their safety. Had their flock been killed? Why were they alone?

I learned it isn’t all that unusual. A lone female may have left the flock for her own reasons. Maybe her Tom is getting older and she wants to find some younger DNA for her chicks, maybe she wandered off to find better food. Apparently they also often go off alone to find a good nesting site and raise their young.

Dinner

Because of all that, I wasn’t upset when I saw a single female foraging in my neighbors yard. She looked fat and healthy; I watched her pecking around the neighbors bird feeder for fallen seeds.

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Anthony (Tony/Pcunix) Lawrence 👀
Open Microphone

Retired Unix Consultant. I write tech and humor mostly but sometimes other things. See my Lists if your interests are specific.