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Turkey Devouring Bittersweet

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

What a Thanksgiving feast this Wild Turkey enjoyed! While we almost always expect our flocks of turkeys to be feeding on the ground on seeds, invertebrates, or even amphibians and reptiles, they can sometimes find food in other places. They do fly, after all! If you have never seen a group roosting in a tree in your yard or quickly taking off I recommend you keep an eye out for it because it is always a spectacle.

In this case I watched a few of them in a tree feeding on bittersweet berries…

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What a resourceful bird! There is a reason their population has exploded across the Northeast in areas where they have been reintroduced. If only it were that easy to revive all of our extirpated or endangered avian pals. Since it is not we at RTPI will continue working on bird conservation across the region and educating the public on why wonderful birds like this one need our constant help in an ever-changing and always threatened natural environment. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday weekend to enjoy the birds, nature and the outdoors with your family and friends.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator