AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO
Breaking news: Turkeys storm Reporter office last week.
In certain parts of the Island it seems as if nature has gone haywire, and our human habitat is being overrun. We’re talking turkeys here.
At the Reporter’s office in the Center, it’s common to see a flock of meleagris gallopavo silvestri (impress your friends) moving through the front and back parking lots or up on the porch. A couple of the birds recently were even fighting a few feet from our front door.
Well, we think they were fighting, but it could have been the polar opposite, since none of us are conversant with the courtship rituals of the wild turkey. In any event, it was a lot of excited sounds, strutting and pecking. You be the judge. (more…)
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO| Turkeys on a Midway Road lawn on Tuesday morning. The population of the birds is on the rise.
If you think you’re seeing more wild turkeys strutting around the Island, your eyes aren’t playing tricks. Reports from Sylvester Manor, the Mashomack Preserve and eyewitness accounts from the Reporter’s parking lot concur that the birds’ numbers are on the rise. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
A wary wild turkey making its way around the Island this week.
If you’ve ever been close to a wild turkey (and what Islander hasn’t), the first impression is how magnificently ugly they are, with the heads of space aliens and those dangling red wattles.
These comedians of the avian world look clumsy, but they can fly, and when they take wing they’re as graceful as any bird, sometimes reaching speeds up to 50 miles an hour. But they’re most content being earthbound, strutting around with the could-care-less attitude of bored aristocrats. (more…)