Tuesday, November 25, 2008

meleagris gallopavo

a few facts...

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...they can grow up to 4ft from tail to beak and weigh in at 30lbs...

....all the men are named "tom" and they all have beards...

....they can fly at speeds up to and sometimes surpassing 55mph...

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...their average life span in the wild is 1-2 years....

....they are often trapped and translocated by the DNR Wildlife Division and the use of rocket nets...

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....their feathers are used in prayer sticks...

.....collectively they are known as A rafter. ....

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But a single one on a plate is known as delicious.

Happy Thanksgiving!

8 comments:

elizabeth said...

I'll leave all the turkey for you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

pacalaga said...

I LOVE wild turkeys! The domesticated ones are gross and ugly, but I think the wild ones are lovely.

Manise said...

There is nothing more ridiculous than seeing one 80 feet up in a pine tree trying to balance himself! I saw 11 crossing the road last week- none of them in any big hurry except the last 2 who realized they might get left behind.

Judy said...

We will be dining on a homegrown domestic one. About 40 wild ones walked by today with a look of relief that they made it thru another year. Happy Thanksgiving.

judy said...

Great post! I love the turkeys on ice. There have been loads of wild turkey around lately.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a delightful post Cyndy. I hope you and yours are healthy this Thanksgiving day.

Valerie said...

Hi Cyndy...
thanks for the great turkey post...especially the sliding turkeys.

I too am fond of watching wild turkeys. I especially love to tease dh and ds with the great photo's I've gotten over the years. In the years that they've gotten a turkey hunting license (by lottery in Mi.) they haven't gotten any because the turkeys are so hard to hunt.

Apparently they can distinguish between cameras and guns.

finnsheep said...

Love the sliding turkey! Am planning on sliding one into the oven tomorrow.

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