Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In The Mood For Love

The neighborhood turkeys have been putting on quite the show lately. For a bird with the distinction of being a rather ugly creature, the turkey transforms himself into a creature of wonder and beauty when he's in the mood for love. During the spring, the male turkeys strut and carry on for the females, who generally act as if they could care less.

One day early in the spring there was a lone turkey out in the street, proudly displaying his magnificent plumage, fluffed up and colorful, deliberately strutting one way and then the other. No other bird was in sight. The general consensus was that he must have been practicing his moves.

My office window looks out onto the driveway and back of the property. The male turkeys enjoy using the driveway as their "stage" because it makes for a much more impressive sound when they drag their wings (if you've never heard the "wing drag" before, you would be amazed at how loud it is, especially on concrete!)

A few days ago I was on an important conference call and right outside the window (literally, feet away), were a couple of male turkeys strutting for all they were worth. Well, one was giving it his all; the other seemed somewhat less invested. It was amusing to consider that the people on the other end of my conference call would never in a million years be able to guess what I was watching as we discussed a potential business partnership. The show went on and on. Eventually I got curious. I didn't see any other turkeys around. Were these two practicing? 

Then I spotted her. A lone female turkey at the edge of the driveway.

(Generally oblivious, as usual.)

"Hey there good lookin', want to go out looking for insects together later?"

"Have you ever seen such fine feathers? Such a strong chest?"

(Notice me... oh please notice me).

 "Well, darn..."


  1. Oh that is too funny...sometimes even strutting your stuff gets you no where. Mrs. Turkey is Queen of nonchlant!

    Great shots
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  2. That is hilarious!! Love the pictures. I have never had the opportunity to watch strutting turkeys or heard "wing drag". But we do get grouse flashing their far-less-impressive tails and doing their extravagant dance for the ladies, who, as you said, inevitably continue to pick at the ground and hum their own little tune as if the males did not exist.

    What a great show in the middle of your work day!

  3. What great pictures! And yeah, the hens generally seem unimpressed.

  4. Those turkeys sure are cool looking
    Benny & Lily

  5. Great pictures, Brenda!
    Here where I live there are no wild turkeys walking around...
    Lucky you to have the opportunity to see so beautiful birds on your driveway.
    Love his gorgeous plumage so fluffed up and so colorful.

  6. So fun. I love how the female just goes about her business while they boys prance and preen! LOL

    Hey! I read a comment of yours over on Vicki's blog...you're moving? Staying local or off on an adventure to a new city and/or state?! Inquiring minds want to know. (Feel free to write me privately on email...)

  7. Our neighbor's turkey have been courting and the female is now sitting on the nest! ;)

    Just wanted you to know we are heading out on another cross-country RV adventure, destination- Oregon Coast. We'll be gone a couple of months...please don't forget us!
    Kit and The Pups