The eastern wild turkey is the only wild turkey species found in New Hampshire. This state has witnessed the decline and restoration of these birds since the 19th century. The turkeys, weighing up to 24 lbs when mature, are important to New Hampshire’s ecology, since they prevent the overpopulation of the state’s insects (personally I’d rather they ate a few more….). Benjamin Franklin wanted the eastern wild turkey to be the national bird over the bald eagle.
I came upon this scene one afternoon on my way home from work. These birds were single-file across an open field and intent on their destination. I shot this from the window of my car … which was fortunate because I could get up above the snow bank. I do like these guys!