Not So Wild Turkeys: March 2022

My grandfather, Dr. J. Murray Speirs, wrote this in 1985: At present the only place in Ontario where you can expect to see Wild Turkeys is in the vicinity of the Ivy Lea bridge between Canada and the U.S.A. Introductions in other parts of southern Ontario have done well for a few years, then petered out.

What a difference over thirty years has made. Sibley Birds calls them common and increasing.

I have often seen them in recent years at Lynde Shores near Whitby which I visited this morning. As soon as I arrived, several came racing towards me hoping to be fed.

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Wild Turkeys
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Wild Turkeys
Wild Turkeys
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A bit later, someone arrived with a bag full of feed.

Wild Turkeys

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Black-capped Chickadee and Tree Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Song Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Canada Geese
American Tree Sparrow and Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Canada Geese
American Tree Sparrow and Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Canada Geese
American Tree Sparrow and Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
American Tree Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-throated Sparrow

The call of the Wild Turkey always makes me smile:

MAILBOX

Barred Owl right outside our window at breakfast. He…or she…had been here for several hours. Will go and look for a pellet once it flies 

NATURE POETRY

Black boughs against a pale, clear sky,
Slight mists of cloud-wreaths floating by;
Soft sunlight, gray-blue smoky air,
Wet thawing snows on hillsides bare.           – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Not So Wild Turkeys: March 2022

  1. Susan

    Hi Miles – just catching up to this one – I see Wild Turkeys on Amherst Island whenever I am there.
    Susan R

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