Happy Thanksgiving to our GPOD family, and thanks to Dale Daley for sharing his wild turkey flock with us!

"Around Labor Day this year, we were surprised and delighted to observe a flock of around twenty wild turkeys meandering through our large garden.  Turkeys are not all that common in this part of Michigan.  The turkeys hardly noticed the many unusual plants in our garden, but were actually more intrigued by the selection of bugs and insects available. The flock was made up of 5 or 6 hen turkeys and their nearly grown offspring from this year.  We have established a natural habitat on our thirty acres that can provide for most of their needs.  We never expected that our garden would become part of their territory."

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The turkeys mostly follow the designated paths through the garden, but occasionally trek off into the interior of the beds in search of insects.  They are very curious creatures.  

Here, a group is milling around in an area that features native plants.  

Several of the turkeys regularly took advantage of one of our bird baths, sharing it with a pair of bronze herons.

With the cool fall weather, the flock has continued to visit our garden on a regular basis.  Here they pass by our Buddhist statue without at all paying the proper respect.

The turkeys are now foraging for seed heads in addition to insects. 

In this photo, the turkeys have returned to the same area where we first saw them.  They are now interested in the small crab apples that have fallen to the ground from a weeping crab tree.  One of them has flown up into the tree to feast on the apples before they fall. 

In the past, our garden has been plagued by rabbits, deer, moles, and other wildlife, but our turkeys have proven, so far, to be a real treat.  They have not done any damage to our plants and the little organic deposits they leave behind are surely a plus.  We look forward to enjoying many years with the noble turkey.

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