Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Up Close With a Turkey

Awhile back I was on my way to the store and took a short cut through residential streets I don't normally travel on.  As I was coming up to a stop sign I say two turkeys in the front yard of the house by the stop sign.  As the car in front of me passed through the stop one of the turkeys ran across the road and disappeared.  I expected the other turkey, a male, to run also.  But he did not.  He stepped right in front of my car.  I certainly didn't want to hit him so I was stuck at the stop sign not knowing what to do.  I kept blowing my horn but he didn't move.

I rolled down my window to stick my head out to see exactly where he was and he came running over to the driver's side. Every time I tried to inch forward he would go right with me and was so close I was afraid I would run over his toes!  I was able to snap this picture.

By now I was yelling at him to go away and waving my arm out the window trying to shoo him away.  But every time I did this he tried to stick his head in my window all the while gobbling away.  I had no idea what to do.  Cars behind me were either going around us and one even turned around and headed the other way.  I was hesitant to get out of the car I certainly didn't want to tangle with him.  I have never seen a turkey do this and was at a complete loss at what to do.

Then a very kind older man came up behind me, saw what was happening and got out of his car.  He said he had never seen a turkey do this either.  He bravely took off his ball cap and finally shooed Mr. Gobbler away by waving his hat at him so I could pass.

It was actually a very neat experience, I have never see a wild turkey that up close.  The colors in his face were beautiful.  Needless to say I no longer take that short cut to the store!

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