Bird feeder

There are all kinds of interesting birds here – cardinals, bluejays, mourning doves, great big woodpeckers, lots of things I don’t even know the names of. The sounds were so unfamiliar when we first moved here, we joked that we’d taken a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in the Amazon. In the springtime, between the birds and the frogs, it’s a virtual critter symphony out there.
My favorite bird, though, has to be the wild turkey. They are silly-looking things and they come through the yard in big flocks – usually at least 15-20 at a time, and usually all in a line. If they get spooked at all, they will panic and scatter in twenty different directions, and then scurry around until they find their leader again. This is a very entertaining bird – sometimes they come so close to the house they will actually try to peer in the windows. The first time Linda came to visit she dubbed them “velociraptors” after the creatures in Jurassic Park – and they do look a bit similar. I think of that word now every time they come around!
So yesterday I happened to look out the kitchen window and saw a velociraptor on the back porch. He had found some bird seed that had dropped from the feeder, and he was happily picking away at it. Soon a couple of his friends joined him, and I took a few pictures. Eventually they all lined back up and moved on.


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