The Steinach Operation

A place of semi-natural vigor.

7.05.2006


But here's what I freakin' saw on my way home! A wild freakin' turkey!

This is actually not the first time I've seen these guys just wondering around Boston/Cambridge. Weird. Totally threw me off.

So I did some research (and when I say that I nearly always mean "Googled"). Turns out that Boston's Emerald Necklace (not a ZZ Top song, but a string of green spaces designed by Olmstead...founder of landscape architecture...did Central Park...you might've heard of it) attracts some species one wouldn't normally associate with an urban area. Here's some more on wild turkeys in Boston:

Eastern Wild Turkey

In the recent past there were few, if any, wild turkeys existing in New England. They were re-introduced into New England in the 1960’s and successfully grew to a flock of sustainable numbers. These large birds have popped up in several Boston City parks in recent years. While not as robust as their white-feathered domestic relatives, wild turkeys can weigh in at 15 to 23 pounds. They are great runners as well as very strong flyers. The turkey’s eyesight is second to none. They mostly move in tight flocks ranging from just a few to upwards of fifty birds. Aside from the well-known “gobble-gobble” call of the turkey, other sounds often made will include clucks, perts, putts, cackles, and purrs. The turkey’s main predators include the great horned owl, the coyote, and the bobcat. The mature males are called “toms”, the females are “hens” and the immature male and female birds are called “jakes” and “jenns”.

3 Comments:

  • At 9:16 AM GMT-5, Blogger Kitchen Press said…

    cool. we saw one of these in battery park city the other day. he's just a lone turkey making his home in the big city, and kind of has been adopted as the areas mascot.

     
  • At 4:40 PM GMT-5, Blogger Phillip said…

    Turkeys are often spotted in Pittsburgh, too. Last week I saw one on a median in downtown, just pecking around. It think it was a hen.

     
  • At 4:41 PM GMT-5, Blogger Phillip said…

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