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Published on April 7 2008

Geez. Maybe it's a GOOD thing that Mr. Tom from the last post was too busy showing off for the ladies to pay any attention to me! Postal workers attacked by wild turkeys - Yahoo News
MADISON, Wis. - Rather than rain or snow, or even dogs, postal workers in a West Side neighborhood near Owen Conservation Park are being pestered by wild turkeys this spring. ....Lobner said the behavior is clearly tied to the breeding season, which started recently and runs through about mid-May. Color plays an important role in turkey breeding, he said, with the color of the males head during mating season changes from gaudy blue to white to red. Lobner speculated that perhaps the turkeys are attracted to the red, white and blue postal trucks.
Hmmm, remind me not to wear my red&white Tshirt and blue jeans while walking.
Postal workers were armed with water pistols. But Lober said that, while the squirts of water worked for a while, the turkeys now seem accustomed to it.
I will NOT comment on the use of water pistols in fending off turkeys in the mood for love. No. I just won't.

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Published on April 4 2008

No, not *that* kind of Turkey Day. Up until 5 or 6 years ago, I had never seen a wild turkey. I won't ever forget the first "herd" I saw, about 30 in a single flock alongside Hwy. 29 a half-dozen years ago. I recall spotting large dark "things" in the ditch ahead, and my jaw hitting my knees when I realized that those big dark blobs were TURKEYS. I'm not sure if the birds were re-introduced to the area or if they came back on their own, but they are all over the place now, to the great delight of area hunters. I see them frequently on my powerwalks, and I'm always amazed at how large a bird they really are. Usually I see only groups of hens, but it *is* the time of year when a young tom's fancy turns to.... well... showing off for the ladies. This one was so busy fluffing up for them that he paid absolutely no attention to me as I got out of the car and put the Nikon to work. It was only the hens' nervousness that kept him from doing his dance right in the middle of the northbound lanes. I have also decided I need a better zoom lens. A 28-70 just doesn't cut it, lol. Clicking on the slideshow will take you to an online photo album I'm playing with. Yep. Like I *need* another online photo album, hehehehe.

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