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Day 14: Gobble Gobble


Day 14: Gobble Gobble, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

My photo for today: a visitor we had this morning . . .

It's not unusual to see turkeys in my neighborhood. About three years ago, a large flock of them showed up, and I've seen them regularly ever since; over time I've seen them more and more frequently, too. I hear them outside most mornings; their call really does sound a lot like, "gobble gobble gobble gobble gobble gobble." It's hilarious to hear them, and - best of all - if Connor or I gobble at them, they'll usually gobble back. (Sometimes we'll do this from the car - we'll be driving and see them by the side of the road - or in the middle of the road - and I'll roll down the window so Connor and I can shout, "GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE," and they'll "GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE" right back at us. Hilarious.

Well, this morning after breakfast, I could hear some turkey noises outside. It sounded like they were out front, and judging by how loud the calls were, I figured they had to be in our front yard. So, Connor and I went outside to see . . . but no sign of any birds. Hmnh. Okay, so they must be in the backyard, then. So, we went out back. Still no birds.

Huh? That's bizarre, because the gobbling sounded really close - there's no way the turkeys could have moved out of range so quickly. (They're not particularly speedy birds). Well, I was all the way at the end of our patio, looking out over the hills behind the house, and when I turned to go back inside, I spotted our visitor. On the roof. :D I guess that explains why the sound of the gobbling was so loud inside the house - she was RIGHT over my head.

Of course, I snapped a few pictures. The one in this photo, actually, isn't the first bird I saw up there. After taking Connor to school, I came home to find three more turkeys in the front yard. When I drove up, the one in this picture flew up to join the first bird on the roof. (I suspect that maybe some mating behavior was involved). So, I brought out the camera again. (I also took a few shots of the birds that stayed on the ground; I hope the neighbors weren't watching, because I had quite the conversation with them, trying to get them to pose for me. My promises of putting them "on the internet" didn't seem to have much effect. I guess they're not tech-savvy enough to care about that).

I love the turkeys. They're huge, and sort of pesky (and they're not actually native to this area, which isn't great - I don't think they're really displacing the native quail, though. At least I hope they're not). But they're funny and loud and . . . well, you've just got to love coming home and finding a flock of gigantic birds out in the yard. Or on the roof. Especially when they'll gobble back at you.

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joyliveshere
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
I hear that they'll go away if you wave a can of cranberry sauce at them.
here_be_dragons
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
LOL! I haven't tried that. I did think they looked a bit nervous last November. Even though I promised not to eat any of them. (Although I was lying; if I thought I could catch one, I probably would eat it). ;)
synergy
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
S loves to holler "MOOO!" out the window when we go on road trips. There be lots of cows 'round these parts! ;)
here_be_dragons
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Do they MOOOO back?
synergy
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
The running joke is that they're just giving him that baleful look while thinking to themselves, "*SIGH* There goes another moron mooing at us."

Edited at 2008-04-18 06:21 pm (UTC)
here_be_dragons
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well . . . that's not a very nice attitude. Really, they should be grateful he's not out there trying to tip them. ;)
melissa_mifeng
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Turkeys are hilarious.
Truly.
I thought the best was turkeys in trees, but I do believe that a turkey on the roof wins.
And to be honest, they probably aren't that far off course judging by how many wild turkeys we get up north every year.
here_be_dragons
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, a turkey in a tree would be equally ridiculous.

At first, I was worried about that first one I saw up there. I mean, I knew they could fly, but they don't fly all that well. I was afraid she'd gotten up there, and was afraid to come back down (like a kitten up a tree). I honestly do wonder if all that noise she was making wasn't her calling for help. Or at least for her homies to come and join her. When Connor and I left for school, there weren't any other turkeys in sight; they had showed up by the time I got home. Maybe in response to her calls?

In any case, they're not up there now, so apparently they were able to get down. And thank heavens. I am definitely not up to a turkey rescue which involves climbing up on the roof. She'd have been stuck there.

Although . . . I suppose I could have called 911 and seen if the fire department would come out to get her down. Oh damn! I wish I'd thought about that. We have some HAWT firemen in town. I could have flirted with them. *headdesks* Ah well. Maybe next time. ;)
tmkr
Apr. 18th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
My promises of putting them "on the internet" didn't seem to have much effect. I guess they're not tech-savvy enough to care about that

Maybe they're just modest and shy and introverted. :)
chickadilly
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Awwww, what a cute doggie!
tmkr
Apr. 19th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Back atcha. :)
buckyd
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
{snort} tom turkey on the roof!

not something you can see every day...
countedx58
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
"I brought out the camera again. (I also took a few shots of the birds that stayed on the ground; I hope the neighbors weren't watching, because I had quite the conversation with them, trying to get them to pose for me. My promises of putting them "on the internet" didn't seem to have much effect. I guess they're not tech-savvy enough to care about that)."

Thanks for my laugh for today. :)
here_be_dragons
Apr. 19th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
You're welcome! They were definitely my laugh this morning, so I'm glad to pass it along.

Too bad you were here, though. You'd have gotten a REALLY big laugh out of me talking to the turkeys. Possibly there is a joke in there, somewhere . . . about the rest of the turkeys talking to a big turkey with a camera . . . um, nevermind. ;)
joblue
Apr. 19th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
I love how he's strutting as if it's HIS roof. Great picture, Wendy!
chickadilly
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Hee - that is an awesome pic! I love that you gobble at them and they gobble back! LOL
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