Sunday, March 02, 2008

RAFTER

There are NUTS in the woods

YUP and Lots of TURKEYS [Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo]
What a glorious day. We worked outside and are totally exhausted… All of 57 degrees, but the ground still is soooooooo wet Most people are familiar with the term "flock of pigeons" and even "gaggle of geese," but did you know that a group of turkeys is called a "rafter"? And baby turkeys are called poults. The wild turkey is one of the largest birds in North America. An adult male can grow up to 4 feet long from his beak to his tail. Wild turkeys live in open fields and woods and nest on the ground. Wild turkeys prefer to eat insects, grasses, nuts, and berries.
The "beard" that grows from the center of a wild turkey's breast is actually a group of modified feathers that look like hair. Beards are most commonly found on adult male turkeys (called gobblers), although females (called hens) will grow them occasionally. In spite of its large size and rather awkward appearance, the wild turkey is a powerful flier, reaching speeds of up to 55 mph over short distances. Turkeys will most often fly hard and fast up through the treetops, then set their wings and glide back to the ground.
Benjamin Franklin wanted wild turkeys to be our national symbol instead of the bald eagle. He felt that the stately, majestic qualities of the wild turkey would make it a fine symbol for the new country.

4 comments:

granmal said...

Nice post and history lesson.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great post 'D' they are a strange looking bird but boy do they taste good.
Followed the link as well, and watched the males strutting their stuff. ha!
Thanks for the lamb recipe... it sounds very tasty. Lanb is very expensive over here and yet our fields are full of them. That's why some go missing in the middle of the night.

imac said...

haha me and chicks and you with Turkey.

Nice one.
Great post and Video.

oldmanlincoln said...

Nice turkey photos. I wish we had some here.