I must confess my father hunted wild turkeys (if they aren’t too old, they are flavorful but the meat is stringy). I’ve seen them a couple of times live, in Maine, and they are bigger than I expected them to be. They are smart and normally wary of people, but there are always exceptions. From reader John L:
Turkey may be the main course on many a Thanksgiving table today, but a flock of wild turkeys living on Onondaga Hill doesn’t seem worried.
Stephanie Kochan, owner of Spring Studio Pilates, snapped photos recently of a flock of about a dozen turkeys outside her studio…“They must know this is a safe haven,” she said.
Kochan said the flock frequently wanders nonchalantly out of the nearby woods and up a hill toward the building to feed on birdseed. She said employees working in the professional building regularly fill bird feeders, and the turkeys clean up the seed that falls on the ground. “They’re just really very, very entertaining,” she said.
Kochan said the flock has been stopping by the building regularly for years…“They’ll knock on the window,” she said. “Sometimes they’ll come and peck on the building.”…“They’re very feisty characters,” she said.