Monday, July 8, 2013

Turkeys Drying Out

While driving around after a heavy downpour, we saw a group of wild turkeys sunning themselves in an open area hoping to dry out their feathers and warm up.

We're lucky to have a nice dry motor home but these poor wild turkeys have to fend for themselves in this overly wet summer weather.

Here's an Audobon illustration of a wild turkey. Something I didn't know about turkeys is that they were named after the country Turkey because of the established trade routes of long ago. The English assumed they were imported from that country. The Eastern Wild Turkey can reach 4 feet in height and up to 30 pounds in weight.

This one was on alert for the possibility of danger from humans like myself. But I just wanted a couplel of photos and he seemed to know the group wasn't in danger. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I've been thinking about the poor wildlife in this weather. It's got to be hard on them too.

  2. How nice to be able to see wild turkeys! (My 1st!) Thanks for sharing! : )

  3. next time I drive through a downpour (I did so today on my way to Charlotte) I will look for wild turkeys. Hope you're still loving being in NC!

  4. Hi Lori, thanks, I can't imagine how a bird with babies would survive all this rain.

    Hi Midori, thanks, so glad to show them to you.

    Hi Amy, thanks, these turkeys were much larger than the ones I saw in California.

  5. Turkeys fascinate me...I recently saw one bathing in dirt...I thought he was having a stroke LOL


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