It’s Turkey Prime Time

It’s been Turkey Prime Time for a month or so now with our local bird, Tommy, putting on quite a show. Unfortunately for Tommy there aren’t any hens watching his show. Too bad. He’s quite a handsome Tom! The neighbors tell me they see them roosting a few houses away from here in the oak trees. Maybe he’s found a friend or two there.

Tommy’s Thanksgiving

Tommy, our local turkey, enjoyed his usual meal of mixed grains and sunflower seeds this Thanksgiving. I think he’s grateful that the locals didn’t put him on their Thanksgiving tables. He’s a pretty smart turkey having now figured out how to get into the hanging basket feeder. Occasionally he cleans up some of his mess under the two feeders. What a guy!

I hope all of you had at least as nice of a Thanksgiving as Tommy. :-)

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Tommy has figured out how to eat from the basket feeder.

 

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Tommy’s also pretty comfortable picking seed out of the little cup on this small birdhouse.

Tommy’s calling card

Tommy, the wild turkey who showed up a few weeks ago here at Ladybird Lane, left his calling card while we were away visiting family in Romania. Tommy had dug himself a dust pit and seems to think the north side of the house is a pretty good place to stay cool during the summer heat.

We told friends and family about Tommy and everybody advised us on how to catch a “curcan s─âlbatic” and turn him into a good meal. I told them that turkeys were government property and I would need a license to do that. Most were pretty amused by the idea of having to get a license for anything and especially just to take a wild government turkey.

Turkey feathers are really pretty. The large one is big enough to make a nice writing quill. The smaller ones have a lot of very soft down at the quill end. I guess that’s how Tommy keeps warm in the winter.

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Meet Tommy, our new tenant at Ladybird Lane

We have a new tenant here at Ladybird Lane. This is Tommy. He gets free run of the backyard, all the bugs he can catch and all the bird seed that he can knock out of the tube feeder. He’s really clever. Honestly! I noticed a week or so ago that the tube feeder was being emptied really quickly. Tommy can’t eat directly from the feeder because it’s on a shepherd’s crook above his head. But, he can jump a bit, knock it with his beak and that lets quite a bit of seed spill onto the ground. It works for him and the squirrels seem to enjoy the leftovers. I think Tommy could go through a 50 pound bag of seed fairly quickly if I were that generous. I told my father-in-law a wild turkey had taken up residence in our backyard. He went, “Mmmm, mmmm good when roasted!” :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! I’m thankful for you who take time to read, comment and even follow This Got My Attention. And, I’m thankful for WordPress which enables us to get together. I’ve run into a lot of really terrific people from all over the world thanks to this little blog. You make it fun and interesting. Thank you!

By the way. If you’ve ever wondered what a Romanian turkey looks like, well, here’s one of Uncle Nitsa’s turkeys. I took the photo a couple of years ago when Uncle was still on his farm. Yes, Romanian turkeys look like turkeys here in Sconnieland and other parts of the fruited plain. They sing the same song, too. Gobble Gobble Gobble! :-)

Uncle Nitsa's Turkey

Uncle Nitsa’s Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Thank you to all of you who have read, followed and commented on my scribblings here at “This Got My Attention.” Happy Thanksgiving!

One trip to Romania to visit family a few years ago we stopped by an uncle’s small farm. He was quite proud of his turkeys. And, given it is Thanksgiving Day those turkeys come to mind. Indeed, Uncle’s turkeys were impressive birds. My wife took a picture of one of the larger Toms. He put on quite a show prancing and ruffling his tail.

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