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Wild Turkey seeks asylum at Tucker's Station Farms

Wild TurkeyHen at Tucker's Station turns out not to be a reluctant model, after all. After cooperating with photographer, she's named 'Pilgrim' as a reprieve for Thanksgiving.
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By Barbara Armitage

Yesterday while I was working out at the farm I could hear a turkey calling from the edge of the woods... Listen, this is what I heard - there's a lot more to "Turkey talk" than just gobble, gobble.

Turkey audio at All About Birds

I already had the camera ready just in case I found some new bug or an interesting plant but I was ready for close-up shots not distance. Of course I had to run back to the house for a longer camera lens because I just knew that I'd never be able to get close to him for a really good shot.

Trying not to pant (from my sprint to the house) and trying to walk through dried leaves and sticks quietly my trusty Canon and I started our turkey hunt through the woods. Not more than a few minutes into my safari I heard the gobble again - from right behind me! I turned around and there's a hen actually following me!

Turns out she's an aspiring model - she strutted around for the camera for ages until we both got tired. Actually, I think that she had to go on some kind of Turkey Union break.

Now she's taken up residence out beside the "little farm house". We're hoping that she decides to stay.

By the way we named her "Pilgrim" because nobody eats pilgrims for Thanksgiving - just in case anyone ever gets ideas. - Barbara Armitage

This story was posted on 2012-11-04 05:49:26
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Birds of KY: Tuckers Station Turkey Sisterhood Sanctuary grows

2012-11-04 - 1535 Bull Run Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Barbara Armitage.
Another Turkey Seeks Sanctuary at Tucker's Station Farms within Hours of CM's Announcement Our little flock is increasing! Wayne and I were working out at the high tunnel this afternoon when Pilgrim brought her new friend to visit. The girls seem to be quite curious - coming within an arms length of us. That's Pilgrim, on the right, the founder of the sanctuary. We have not yet learned the name of the newly arrived larger hen. The word is getting out that Tucker's Station is a safe place to live. If this keeps up you may all be eating chicken for Thanksgiving. - Barbara Armitage

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