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Wild Turkeys Can Fly!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Breeze147, Jun 25, 2017.

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  1. Breeze147

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    Just not very far.

    There was one behind my house last night.

    I was on the veranda, sipping Coors and got up to chase a deer. Then I spied the turkey out of my peripheral. I crept up on to see if it was a turkey vulture. I made the I.d. Sure as hell, a turkey.

    Of course, I have seen them from the road, but never this close. And, I had laid my phone down so no pictures.

    Using my recon skills, I got to within 25' before he flushed. The dad gum thing upped and flew into the trees. I never knew a turkey could fly!

    Yes, there is a WKRP in Cincinnati reference.
     
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    turkeys all over up here, yes they can
     
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    I always believed they couldn't fly too since I heard it on WKRP! Darn them for tricking us.

    I had my one and only visit from a wild turkey in April. I was cooking in my kitchen when a heard a huge thump on the patio. I thought a plane had dropped some parts or something.

    I got some pics through the window but when I went outside he flew off and up to my neighbour's roof. I couldn't believe it! I phoned my neighbour so they could all have a look but they were already outside looking up. They too thought something fell from the sky when they heard the loud thump on their roof.

    They are heavy birds! Neither the neighbours nor I have ever seen a wild turkey here before so it was pretty exciting to see it up so close. It stayed 20 minutes next door and flew off again.
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    That's really cool.
     
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    We actually get them in the neighborhood occasionally. When a car comes near them they seem to run and flap but don't really take off.
     
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    I believe I've stumbled upon Mutual of VMB's Wild Kingdom!

    Turkeys cross the road quite a bit in my neck of the woods, but with much more purpose than chickens!

    Also, I see a lot of turkeys on my bowling scorecard! :D

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    They can if they want...they just dont want too very often. Usually you see a whole bunch together, maybe 1 male with 6-8 following along., they can be mean too, they wont necessarilly back off if you approach them.
     
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    Thanks for reminding me about that episode! It was one of the funniest TV shows I've ever seen. Actually, it was probably still accurate enough, since the large domestic Turkey has been so genetically modified that once they reach their full size they can't fly according to what I have read.
     
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    They tell me (the ubiquitous "they") that the white meat we love from various fowls came about from flight muscles that are seldom if ever used.
     
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    1980's .........I was working house remodeling
    4:15 pm driving away from the construction site
    I see this flying thing out my driver side OPEN WINDOW
    It catches my eye cos it's flying RIGHT AT ME
    Before I could react
    A g-damn turkey hits the top of my OPEN WINDOW & damn near
    hits me in the face !!!!!
    I actually have FEATHERS blowing in my FACE
    I'm practically spittin' out of my mouth ---- feathers floating around the cab of my truck
    I didn't know the damn things could fly UNTIL THEN !!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I have worked with a few turkeys. Does that count for anything? :)
     
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    LMAO !!!!
     
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    They can do about 35 mph for a short distance. They roost in trees at nite for safety.....they have to get up there some how and they don't climb.
     
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    Yes they can. Now those market-abomination things we call cook-for-the-holidays pseudo-turkeys are another thing.
     
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    Hey Breeze, only you could make 'talking turkey' so much fun! :beer:

    The way 'my' turkey was strutting around the patio - I sure wasn't gonna mess with it!

    I was just amazed that the bird could get airborne with a body that shape!

    I did look back on my photos and realized that getting to the neighbours roof (a 2 story house from my patio) involved a stopover along the way. He first flew off and rested in my 20 foot cedars then continued his short flight to the neighbours roof.

    Judging from the sound of the thud on my patio, I don't think wild turkeys have brakes. They land with such a thud, that I think once they get airborne, they are happy to land anywhere safely!

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    Amazing pictures. Thanks. We see them quite commonly in packs of 6-8, but I have never seen one take off and fly.

    I guess these are the things the Pilgrims ate, but I'll pass in favor of their white feathered cousins
     
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    They glide (it seems) more than "fly" but actually getting the wild turkey out of the bottle is the toughest task.
     
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    :beer:Wild Turkey from the bottle shop is about it around here, although l do have the Curlews outside laughing at me whilst l am on this site at night. They do get pissed off at me when l call back at them, they respond and then realise it could be the Wild Turkey talking.
     
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    And we're just the opposite. Now we don't cull the wild turkey population for our holiday birds, but we do buy heritage breeds.
     
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