20 May 2024

Wilder Turkeys

Thursday, March 9th, 2023
Wild Turkey flyover, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine,
Wild Turkey flyover.

Above freezing this morning, and the sun emerged a time or two, and the sky was super lovely—mostly cloudy but patches of blue and rays of sunshine—but with a little wind. Still, birds showed up, seemingly itchin’ for spring.

Despite the wind and clouds, I spied a bluebird. And a dozen robins down by the road. The usual crows and chickadees and titmice; the unusual Pileated Woodpecker and Red Crossbill. And down in the woods, I heard a sound, glanced up into the trees, and saw a turkey flying over. In fact, at least a half-dozen turkeys had taken wing.

Wild Turkeys aren’t uncommon around here at all, but these turkeys were particularly wild.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:42 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. American Robin
2. American Crow*
3. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
4. Eastern Bluebird
5. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
6. American Goldfinch** (v)
7. Hairy Woodpecker
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Red Crossbill
10. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
11. Wild Turkey

Elsewhere

12. Herring Gull
13. Northern Cardinal
14. Rock Pigeon
15. Mallard
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

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