Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Popular Hangout

Yesterday afternoon I looked out the bedroom window and saw two turkey hens scratching around beneath the bird feeder. It had been quite a while since they'd visited and I was happy to see they were still around.
A closer look showed what they'd been up to -- each had  a bunch of poults with her.
One  led her brood off as soon as she saw me at the window,  the babies scurrying after her through the tall grass. 

The other hen continued to excavate for birdseed, stopping now and again to keep an eye on me. I counted at least 14 poults in all and there may well have been more.




 A little later, I looked out to see if the turkeys were still there.  No, they weren't . . .
 But Ali Ali and a reckless young raccoon were.
 I'm in a tight spot now! says the reckless young raccoon.
 
 Gotta get out of this place . . .
 Luckily, Ali Ali allowed himself to be called away and put inside . . .
And the reckless young raccoon scuttled for the safety of the nearest tall tree.
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14 comments:

Pat in east TN said...

Seems there is always something to see while looking outside ... wildlife abounds.

I'm amazed in this record setting heat that we've been having that deer are showing up mid-day to eat in the newly cut hay field, and our resident fox can been seen roaming around also, but so far the raccoon wait till dusk/night time to raid feeders.

Elora said...

Great sequence of photos, Vicki! I'm always torn between seeing and enjoying the wildlife and having to patrol for its presence because of more human concerns! For example, lots of rabbits=no peas this year! But the turkeys are always a welcome sight. For them? I'd sacrifice peas any day!!

Love your masthead photo.

And...I meant to comment on your tobacco post the other day. I read every word and enjoyed the photos immensely!

Elora

Miss_Yves said...

Great photos! and what about a short movie ?

June said...

I love it! I'm so glad you broke up the Ali Ali/raccoon interaction before somebody got mad.
Keep watching; you might see a black bear out there!

Jean Baardsen said...

I enjoyed the photos. I didn't know what a baby turkey was called. There always seems to be something happening in our yard, but it's birds, squirrels and rabbits.

Mr. Stupid said...

These were great shots. They all look turkey babies look very cute. The Raccoon's pictures were nice too.

Reader Wil said...

You have got a lot of wildlife. I only have occasionally ducks and other birds, toads and sometimes a hedgehog.
My daughter in Australia has also wild turkeys, but also ordinary turkeys. One of them had three chicks but one of them was taken by a snake or a goanna.

willow said...

I was surprised to see a wild turkey looking in my kitchen window the first Thanksgiving week we lived at WM. Haven't seen one since. Looks like you've got a whole family of them!

NCmountainwoman said...

Loved the turkeys. How lucky you were to get such good photographs of them.

Wonder what the raccoon was doing out in the heat of the day? I always worry when I see them out but he certainly looks healthy enough. Perhaps he's just a reckless teenager. Glad Ali Ali didn't tangle with him.

Vicki Lane said...

I, too, was concerned about the raccoon and the posszibility that he had rabies. But he looked healthy and, as soon as Ali Ali was removed, he made a smart decision. I really think he was just a reckless teenager.

Miss Yves-- I did try to do a live video of the turkeys but must have forgotten which button to push to save it.

The turkey pictures were shot through the window screen which lowers the quality.

Wil has hedgehogs! Such cute things! Are they considered pests, Wil?

Friko said...

how kind of you!

I'e just read Barbara Kingsolver's 'Prodigal Summer" where I met wild turkeys for the first time! One of them gets eaten in the story.
Is she writing about your landscape?

Vagabonde said...

Your garden does look like a good feeding station for the wildlife around you. Your pictures of the turkey family are precious.

Vicki Lane said...

Friko -- I don't remember exactly where PRODIGAL SUMMER is set but the landscape is very similar to where I live.

Vagabonde - the raccoon was back the next day as was the turkey family.

Tipper said...

Makes me wonder what you'll see next at the hangout : )