Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
spotted while walking to american river from Effie Yeaw nature preserve
A thanksgiving miracle
A flock flying over the creek canyon
Found this nest only because the mother took off about 5 feet from me, and scared the you know what out of me.
A flock of turkeys blocking the road like they own the place.
Incidental Sighting: I was driving home at first they were crossing in front of my Jeep. I pulled over to the side of the road to observe them for about 20 minutes before they flew off. You could see their wet tracks across the cold and dry road. It was cold and just before the snow started to fall.
The turkey is a large bird in the Meleagris genus, which is native to the Americas. One species, Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the Wild Turkey), is native to the forests of North America. The domestic turkey is a descendant of this species. The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the Ocellated Turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula.