Good morning on this very cold Thursday here at Steve’s Country! However, we have a nice warm atmosphere and plenty of hot coffee and tea to share with you today! It is around 2F (-17C) with a very strong wind that makes the temp feel like -19F (-28C). That’s getting too cold for me, even though I know it can get colder, much colder. But it doesn’t look like we will get into that severe cold this winter, and that’s nice when we get winters like that. And it happens now and then, nothing unusual about a milder winter, or a bitterly cold winter. We can get both kinds here.
The poor birds this morning, they certainly look cold. It’s that kind of temp where the birds “lose” their legs and feet. By that I mean, they are hiding their legs and feet under their feathers all the time, so it looks like they are bouncing around on their tummies. Well, today we begin our new coffee posts by looking at some of our wild friends. I won’t be doing this every day, but perhaps 2 or 3 days a week. Today we look at Theodore, or the eastern wild turkey specifically.
The male is called a ‘Tom’ or ‘gobbler’, the female a hen. A young male is a ‘Jake’, a young female is a ‘Jennie’, the babies are ‘poults’. Wild turkeys can run up to 25mph (40kph) and can fly at speeds of 55mph (about 82kph). They have around 5500 feathers! Males can weigh 16 to 25 lbs (7.25 kg to 11.34 kg), females about half of those weights. Only males gobble and both sexes make other sounds as well, which I have discovered. They were completely gone from the Canadian landscape by the early 1900s, but have been introduced again in many areas. They were introduced into our neighboring province of Manitoba back in 1958 and have done well and expanded their range a great deal and that is likely where our wild turkeys have come from.
Now, is Theodore a Tom or a Hen? Is Theodore one or two? I am including pics of heads today, they don’t have very thrilling heads to look at, but it does show something, those heads don’t look the same. Also Theodore’s tail which I thought was looking better and now it’s not, yet it is, just depends on the day. Do I have more than one Theodore coming to my feeder? Yep, I do, check the pics closely. Then there is the tail. And yesterday I heard Theodore gobbling loudly walking down the side street out here, then I heard another one. Sure enough, a second was coming down the street. The first Theodore turned and came chasing the second one. They really can run fast! So there is two, at least. I need to pay more attention now to these amazing birds. Oh, these birds will eat almost anything, grain, buds, berries, insects, even small reptiles. Well, that’s it for today, I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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