I have been seeing this turkey in the parking lot of the fitness center in Haywood County for several months now. The only time I could get a good picture of him was when I saw him for the first time in early January of this year. I still see him trotting around the parking lots when I go to the gym in the mornings. He seems to enjoy the calm and mostly empty parking lot.
Startled a hen (who then startled me with her quick retreat) and group of about 6 chicks.
It's a family of Turkey.
Note chick in foreground, so they are breeding in this region.
Observed in a somewhat dense woodland lot on a steep slope within the City limits of Pittsburgh, PA. There were about a dozen adults with young chicks.
Pittsburgh is a wild town.
The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to North America and is the heaviest member of the diverse Galliformes. It is the same species as the domestic turkey, which was originally derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of Wild Turkey (not the related Ocellated Turkey). Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name due to the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain. The British at...