Group of wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) come to search for tubers, beetles, berries and seeds from our upper rear garden. In the evening they seek shelter in the upper branches of the oak trees.

Irvin and Pauline from Carmichael, California have a special "thanks" for their GPOD family. As the Web Producer here at Fine Gardening, I'm honored to do my best to continue Michelle's work here on the GPOD! ~Susan

"Soon Thanksgiving will be upon us as another year of memories are filed away. Pauline and I wish to thank and acknowledge Michelle for her dedication to excellence while serving as our GPOD guru. She brought together beautiful gardens for visual reward, inspiration, and admiration. And a special thanks to all the gardeners who so willingly shared your glorious landscape creations. Since beginning with the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving in 1621 the wild turkey became the quintessential model of Thanksgiving. Accordingly, it’s featured in this GPOD entry. Our woodland garden setting attracts nature’s wildlife to our doorstep so we shared their photos as well. Best wishes to all for a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. May we have peace in the world."

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This female, lacking spurs, seeks to join the flock of hens that soon will be entertained by a dancing gobbler. 

A large tom, always flamboyant and occasionally violent, with his chest padded with fat to sustain him through the weeks of courtship, is about to join his waiting flock. 

To attract and hold his harem a gobbler struts with tail fanned and wings dragging on the ground while showing his iridescent plumage in the sun.

A gobbler, his wattles gorged with blood, his head turned bright blue, white and red to excite the hens. 

Each day a mule deer doe brings her young fawn, sporting his changing brownish gray spotted coat, to enjoy a lunch of fresh clover.

This majestic mule deer buck is always a welcome visitor to the garden.

A Crimson Queen Japanese maple shrouds a lantern and row of begonias.

The little boy bronze fountain stature tends to his watering chores.

A black-chinned hummingbird mom feeds her chicks cuddled close in their nest of plant wool and bound by lichens and spider webs. She feeds every ten minutes. 

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