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    Gertrude and her baby turklets

    Yes, I know. Baby turkeys are not called turklets but it seemed OK to me. Gertrude has been AWOL to the point of calling it desertion. Then she shows back up a couple of days or so. With young ones. I thought I only saw two of them. This morning she's out there with about 8 of them. This is not the best photo as she kept getting where I couldn't get a good position to catch here and the babies. But this is better than nothing. One squirrel, undaunted by the turkeys and Gertrude and I think 6 of her brood. There were more to the right but I didn't get them. Was going to try for more photos but they went into the high grasses so that was out. Anyway, here's the one half decent photo.


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    I believe you call that a "rafter" of turkeys. kinda cool. There a momma dove with her nest a tree outside of my office window. lately her two youngsters have been comming out.
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    It definitely is a really cool shot.

    Love seeing stuff like this.

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    Thanks, guys! She and her little ones hung around for about 2 hours total this morning. Kept waiting to be able to get a better pic of them, but no go. Rafter, eh? Wonder who ever came up with that one. I'm sure there's a good reason behind it, even though it totally escapes me beyond the rafters of my house. Sorry. Should not have done that last one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hoskins View Post
    Thanks, guys! She and her little ones hung around for about 2 hours total this morning. Kept waiting to be able to get a better pic of them, but no go. Rafter, eh? Wonder who ever came up with that one. I'm sure there's a good reason behind it, even though it totally escapes me beyond the rafters of my house. Sorry. Should not have done that last one.
    Always heard them called a flock of turkeys, but what do I know... a murder of crows, a gaggle of geese....
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    Hen with her polts. She seems lucky so far. All around the country coyotes are decimating the population
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    I didn't know that. If she is smart and stays up here near the house, they will be alright. The coyotes don't seem to come near my house and shop area. Or at least the best I can tell by the prints that I can see on the acreage while I'm out doing my daily walkabout. If she goes out near where the stock tanks are, then she might get in trouble. Don't know. I don't shoot anything here except the occasional coyote. All the rest, turkeys, deer, ducks and so on know they are safe and hang rather close. After all the years I have been feeding and watering them I guess they got it all figgered out.

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    I forgot to mention that the back part of my land is leased to a guy who has some cattle on it. As well as donkeys. Donkeys keep the coyotes at bay really well. Some other surrounding areas have donkeys as well. Now and then in the night I'll hear a donkey braying and making a bunch of racket, and coyotes screaming in pain! Kinda makes you feel good in a way.

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    Cool photo, Dave. I'm envious of all the wild critters you have on your land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hoskins View Post
    Donkeys keep the coyotes at bay really well.
    Well that explains why I never see any around here, the neighbor is kinda of a Jack....err...donkey some days, of course my wife would say it's me.

    Actually I've caught a few going across the driveway, they usually just give me a dirty look and keep going.

    Great pic btw...
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