2013

Year of the Turkey

Every now and then I do a retrospective of the past year. Because of the way I blog without tags and cross links, it is easier to create a separate retrospective blog. As the title suggests, I plan to walk you through our turkey encounters. I hope you enjoy this retrospective. Sorry it is a little long.

 

We first encountered turkeys on our lot on January 7, 2013 and it was quite an event. Wink said grab the camera there are turkeys outside the breakfast nook window. When all was said and done, Wink counted 37 turkeys. We found an article about the reintroduction of turkeys to New Hampshire and they said that bird feeders played an important role in helping the birds survive the winter. They came to our bird feeder that day.

Breakfast Nook Window Ė January 7, 2013

January 7, 2013

We didnít see a turkey again until April 14, 2013 and I failed to get a good picture of her. In that blog I said I would try to get a better picture of a turkey.

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April 14, 2013

Our next encounter was when Andrew and I were out for a paddle. There was a turkey hen on the shore and I got a few pictures.

April 29, 2013 Hen on Shore

After that the turkey hens started showing up at the bird feeder. First one, then two and finally three came to the feeder. They seem to take turns coming to the feeder.

May 16, 2013 Hen (71 pictures)

May 17, 2013 Hen (85 pictures)

May 18, Hen (40 pictures)

May 19, 2013 Two Hens (65 pictures)

May 24, 2013 Hen (5 pictures)

At this point seeing turkeys is fairly common and we shoot a few good shots.

Itís a Boy! May 25, 2013 (67 pictures)

May 26, 2013 3 Boys!

June 11, 2013

A turkey hen came to the bird feeder and the blackbirds harassed her until she left. It was very entertaining. We hadnít been shooting video at that point and it was a real missed opportunity.

June 14, 2013 (Blackbird harasses turkey, 113 pictures)

June 19, 2013 Turkey takes a mud bath (71 pictures, no video)

Hen June 23, 2013 (a few pictures)

July 5, 2013 Turkey watching Mark fill the feeders (a few pictures)

July 6, 2013 Baby Turkeys (252 pictures and some video)

This was the first set of baby turkeys we saw in 2013. This blog will document them growing up. We added scratch food to the bird feeder mix to take care of the babies.

July 27, 2013 More Babies (40 Pictures and more video)

July 28, 2013 (18 pictures)

July 29, 2013 Wee ones (338 pictures)

July 29, 2013 Hen with older babies (maybe July 6 clutch)

So here was the evidence that we had more than one clutch hatched in our yard. In fact both sets of turkeys came to the feeder at approximately the same time and the mothers clashed over territory. We had a lot of fun watching the babies grow up.

The Bigger Babies July 29, 2013

July 30, 2013 (109 pictures)

July 31, 2013 Little Babies (160 pictures)

July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013 Bigger Babies

August 10, 2013 (2 pictures)

August 11, 2013 (89 pictures)

August 13, 2013 (88 pictures)

August 13, 2013 Older Clutch

August 14, 2013 Growing Bigger (26 pictures)

August 17, 2013 (38 pictures)

August 17, 2013 Younger Clutch

August 19, 2013 In the Shade

August 19, 2013 On Guard

August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

August 23, 2013 Almost Grown

August 25, 2013

August 25, 2103

August 25, 2013

September 10, 2013 Almost Grown

September 10, 2013

September 12, 2103 (35 pictures)

The turkey siblings were not very nice to each other. In one case, there was one that was smaller and had to stay close to mom for protection from its siblings. There was some attrition in the babies but not very much and some of it could have been self-inflicted.

September 13, 2013 Almost Grown

September 17, 2013

September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

September 27, 2013

September 30, 2013

October 3, 2013

We didnít see turkeys for a while and then we saw a bachelor group of eleven turkeys.

Bachelor Group November 22, 2013 (133 pictures)

November 22, 2013 Grooming after lunch

November 22, 2013 The Boyz

November 26, 2013

November 29, 2013

December 8, 2013

That was pretty much the last time we saw the turkeys in 2013. Once we had snow, we didnít see them again or find any tracks.

It was fun to watch the baby turkeys grow up.

Mark and Wink

(I think I may have more deer pictures than turkey pictures, I could do a retrospective on Bambetteís year.)