Snow, Turkeys, and the Great Blue Heron

I know I promised an updated picture of the “after” of the snow storm, but I think that might have to wait until later. Between locking myself out of the house yesterday and shoveling this morning, I need a few more cups of tea before I venture into the cold again. That being said, I have not been wasting any time this morning! While I’m not the greatest photographer, I have been taking plenty of shots of the wild life around here.

I’m proud to say that the turkeys are back! I know that this isn’t the best photo, but it was taken through the kitchen door window so as not to disturb them. It seems that the tom has increased his flock. This past spring there were only three hen, now there seems to be three more; a flock of seven! Here’s hoping that they stay around. This is the second day so far that they’ve come by.

When I looked out the bedroom window, after noticing the flock, I thought that there was another turkey playing in the stream. Them I noticed how long the legs were; definitely not a turkey.

Here again, the picture was taken from my window, so it’s a little fuzzy. Joe was a little worried at first as to why this youngin’ was wandering around out in the snow. The great blue at his parent’s house has never been seen during the winter. Well, after some searching, they are considered year-round birds, but some of them take off for Central America during the winter. Apparently this little guy likes the snow.

It did take him a while to get over to his fishing spot, though. The turkeys, specifically the tom, was staring him down for close to twenty minutes before he decided to scoot across the lawn instead of wading in the stream. Regardless of their differences, all eight birds are still out back enjoying the beauty of the morning. For this alone it is worth it to live and the dead-end of a road unadulterated by traffic and neighbors.

5 comments

  1. Kristin says:

    The snow is just beautiful! I love blue heron – what a treat to have found one so close. :)

  2. dinosaursinsocks says:

    oh wow…! we get excited when there’s a fox around.. :D

  3. This is the heron’s second year (that we’ve been here and know of) coming to fish in the stream more. Since we’ve stopped all kiddos from fishing on our side of the tracks (the stream passes under the train tracks that create the boundary to part of our property) the fish population has gone up, and so hasn’t the heron’s visits. :-)

    We also have a fox den not too far from here. We saw the pair a lot this apst spring.

  4. Diane says:

    He looks so cold! I’m used to seeing them in much more sultry weather here in Florida.

  5. Oh that’s wonderful! We saw a heron land at the top of a tree this summer- the strangest thing I have ever seen as they look so darn awkward up there! :)

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