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September 25, 2020

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Wild turkeys! How wonderful. Though not if they're being a nuisance to you I imagine.

Liz--Yes, the turkeys are a nuisance, but we love them. We try to keep our avian friends of all species happy. That's why we feed them and encourage their establishing their homes in our area each year. I grumble about the mulch, but it's small price to pay for the entertainment the turkeys provide us - especially since Hunky Husband has bonded with them.

The largest rafter of turkeys we've seen at one time was 43. More generally, we see a gang of 3 or 4 (depending upon the year) or, in the high teens - when the females take the young turkeys out foraging.

I had heard that turkeys can make a mess of bark. Looks like you have your work cut out for you. The lawn looks very nice.

You have trouble with turkeys, I have trouble with squirrels (or chipmunks. The new garden area continuously shows nice round holes in the bark mulch. I think they have also gotten the crocus bulbs I planted. Since the holes aren't covered back up by the offender, I am not convinced that they are burying seeds.

I suppose it could also be the resident skunk digging for bugs. I just don't know since I never catch the responsible culprit(s).

Ingineer--Yes, this yard keeps me busy; although, I must admit that it sounds like more work than I actually do. Thanks for your appreciation of the lawn. It looks even better just after Hunky Husband has mown it.

Bogie--Don't get me started about the raccoons and armadillos. This year, we have but two resident squirrels instead of three times that many that normally we have had. They, of course, do their part to help the turkeys spread the mulch. In the fall of 2019, I planted a few bags of daffodils on the theory that the squirrels and their friends would eat a large portion of them. I was surprised at how many of the bulbs survived to bloom this past spring.

Interesting items in your week. Attractive nighthawks. Lovely spider. I vividly remember the first time I ever saw wild turkeys on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. I was surprised they were smaller than the domestic ones we see pictured for Thanksgiving.

Joared--Butterball Turkeys they are not! The Toms do get to decent size, though, in our area. I've not seen Arizona wild turkeys and it's been nearly 30 years since I've seen Texas wild turkeys - which, I think, were about the same sizes as ours.

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