Friday, June 26, 2015

Look what I saw last night!

Hi! Sorry for the absence! I'm not done with the pattern test yet, but very close. Early next week it should be ready to go into LiEr's shop, and I'll show you what I've been making! 

But that's not what I'm here to talk about. I just had to show you what I saw last night during supper. My place at the kitchen table faces the living room windows, so I often notice things I might not otherwise see. Last night I happened to see a couple of little birds  hopping along a branch a ways up in a tree across the driveway. They almost looked like baby turkeys! I got up for a closer look, and then grabbed the camera and went outside.

Here's what I saw... sure enough - turkeys! And despite them being turkeys (you know how much I "love" them), I have to say that this is one of the cutest sights I've seen in a long time (not counting kittens, of course!). Just look (and click on any photo to enlarge it):

It looks like there's one rebellious little one who just has to face the opposite direction from the rest of the babies - ha!

Look at all those little tail feathers. There are quite a pile of chicks under that mama's wings! I can count at least 7 on the left side, and there is for sure 1 more on the right side. That must be quite a feat getting all those little ones tucked in for the night!

That little forward-facing one appears to be asleep in the photo below. And if you look really closely, you can see another beak hanging down behind the branch. I wonder if they really have to sleep with their little heads hanging down??? Such a precarious way to spend the night!

It's a cool sight to see. But the bad news is that it means there will likely be 8 or more turkeys added to the flock that roams the yard. *sigh*


Caroline Bedard said...

Wow! Total photo score! I am envious that you got these pix! And so not envious that I have no turkeys roaming our small suburban yard.
Our big birds are red-tailed hawks (YAY) and too many crows (BOO).
I'm also very envious of your endless piles of kittens. We have two senior girls, but oh I miss kittens.

Jenny said...

From your previous posts, I knew that turkeys sleep in trees (which I still think is strange for a bird that big), but I never really thought about all the baby turkeys before! That is crazy! And in that last picture, the mom looks like maybe she's had enough chick wrangling for the evening. I'd watch out for that backwards one- he's probably the troublemaker in the family! :)


Grandma G said...

Thanks, Caroline! I'm still amazed to have gotten a photo like that! Probably a good thing you don't have kittens if you have the hawks around. But yeah, I'd sure miss having them, too.

I hadn't thought about the babies, either, Jenny. It would've been fun to watch the training sessions for getting them all up into the trees and under the mama's wings like that! Hopefully they started on low branches! ;)

Geneviève Thiffault said...

Well, they know how to make the most of a small space! Eight babies tucked in there is a feat in itself (and getting to sleep in such a position is another one).

I'm sorry for you and for the multiplication of turkeys in your yard, but so glad for such precious pictures!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Geneviève. I'm glad that there's at least 'something' to enjoy about the turkeys. ;)