Saturday, August 13, 2011

Turkeys in town

Tom Turkey

Wild Turkeys

Yesterday evening my wife and I went for a hike to Eagle Lake Park, part of the Three Rivers Park system. Public parking was hard to locate, so we parked about a mile from the park and walked through some of the residential area surrounding Eagle Lake.  Just after getting out of our car we discovered two groupings of Wild Turkeys.  Each group seemed headed by a large tom, along with four or five hens.
Eagle Lake Golf Course

Much like the Trumpeter Swans, Wild Turkeys have made a huge come back over the past hundred years. It is estimated that the entire population of Wile Turkeys was as low as 30,000 in the early 1900's.  That number has since sky rocketed, with upwards of 7 million turkeys now roaming the U.S. 

Eagle Park also hosts a public golf course.  While it looks like a nice course, I'm not much of a golfer.  As Mark Twain opined, "Golf spoils a perfectly good walk."

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