Coffee At Steve’s Country #21.

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.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

79 Comments on “Coffee At Steve’s Country #21.

  1. Very Good MorningπŸ€“ I wondered how birds lose their feet πŸ˜‚ thanks for the explanation πŸ˜πŸ‘ Theodore and one more and one more πŸ™„ how many Theodore do you really have, you must be right. There is more than one Theodore πŸ€” and good analysis though the year they disappeared and reappeared, now, they reappeared again in front of you with multiple avatars πŸ˜‰ have you seen both of them at same time πŸ˜‰πŸ€” maybe if you are not, then you must have seen same Theodore 😜. Have a lovely day ✨πŸ₯‚ And where are my competitors… come on… someone give me a competition 😜😎

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    • It doesn’t look like you have any competitors left Simon!πŸ˜‚ Yes, I have seen two Theodore’s at the same time,πŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒ yesterday and I think the one that startled me was a different one again,πŸ€”πŸ¦ƒ but I’m not sure 100%.πŸ™„ But there are 2 for sure.πŸ˜πŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒ Maybe we will get to see some baby turkeys this year,πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ that would be a great picture! Have a great evening and night Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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      • 😍I would love to see that, Let’s hope they show up with their little family 😍 soon. Now you got a family to lookπŸ€“ and capture 😎Have a great evening Steve πŸ₯‚πŸ€—

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  2. Two wild turkeys ! Great ! I never knew that they could fly so fast ! Good info on them…sleep well ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜»πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, nice to know there are two of them, even if they are both males. But that could mean that females are not far away. Have a good night!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒ™β˜•β˜•

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