Wild Turkeys

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away… but wild turkeys… that’s a different story.

I was on the way to pick up the boys from school, when I spotted a family of wild turkeys on a clearing above a park reserve. Turkeys love to forage in clearings, along the forest edge and roadsides.

I’d seen them there the day before Thanksgiving (ironic), but I couldn’t stop for photos since I needed to get to Parnassus to pick up Will and Emma.

But, today, I managed to quickly pull into a cul de sac to park.

I walked along the road until I got about 20 feet from them. There was Mama Turkey with four of her chicks.

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The kids have named them Will, Emma, PJ, and John. OK… I suppose that makes Mama the 6ft Turkey.

The Male Wild Turkeys do absolutely no rearing of the chicks.

As they grow, Wild Turkeys form groups with several moms and their broods. (Think of a Mom’s Club on steroids – the Winter groups can exceed 200 Turkeys!).

They spied me immediately and Mama began leading the group down the path into the forest. I love this picture of her.

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The chicks walked in a row behind the Mama and they didn’t dawdle. (Feel free to tell your kids make like Wild Turkeys and stay close.)

The procession took about 3 minutes.


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Then, just like that – they were gone.

I just loved watching them. And, the trees were so gorgeous with the water droplets. The whole scene was so beautiful and so surreal. You’d never guess from the photos that I’m standing just five feet from a busy suburban street.

It was a gift; this five minute rendezvous with nature – smack in the middle of my daily mad dash to round up the kids from school.  

I’m so glad I stopped.

Hoping you find some time to smell the roses and see the Wild Turkeys that grace your day today.

P.S. The next day we had a blizzard with 6 inches of blowing snow.


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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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