Friday, July 3, 2009

Wild Turkey

wild turkey and poult
and her poults! There were seven of them, four are brown and three are yellow. We notice her walking slowly along the old fence row in the meadow area. Then one yellow poult was visible and slowly the others started appearing. We were quite a distance away taking the pictures as we did not want to alarm her and scatter the group. They have been sighted again, this time along the wooded river path. The National Wild Turkey Federation web site says that "varied habitat of both open and covered area is essential for wild turkey survival." The poults eat insects, berries and seeds.

4 comments:

  1. See the little baby turkey in the photo? That is a poult . For some reason young baby turkeys are called poults.

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  2. Well, there is a reason. "Poult" derives from the middle english "pulte" (young fowl), which probably, in turn, comes from the latin "pullus" (young of an animal, foal, chick).

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  3. We saw the wild turkey today. I hope it is a different wild turkey because the one today only had one poult with her.

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