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Turkeys in the estuary

Written on: November 23rd, 2010 in St. Jones Reserve

As we prepare for our Thanksgiving celebration, we often think of turkeys!  But did you know that there are wild turkey here in Delaware?  In fact, years ago we  spotted a small flock of turkeys roaming the St.Jones Reserve.    They are beautiful birds, and, contrary to popular belief, they can fly!  Female turkeys (hens) tend to be less showy than the males (Toms or Gobblers).  In fact the male turkey is quite the site as he fans his tail feathers and struts like a king.   Be on the look out for Delaware’s wild turkeys around the woods and along the edges of farm fields.  For more information about turkey counts in Delaware read this article from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. Happy Thanksgiving!

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