Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Early Morning Turkey

Nearly every day, we see Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) on the drive to or from work at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest.  As previously reported, the turkeys in our area are the descendants of birds reintroduced here in 1987.  Therefore, spotting a Wild Turkey is not unusual.  However, hearing vocalizations beyond a tom's gobble is not a common occurrence.

While camping at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival last weekend, we woke to the early morning conversations of a flock of eleven turkeys moving through the adjacent field.

Birding can happen anywhere, even on the Internet.  Birding the Net is on!  The National Audubon Society opened the window to the Internet and birds have taken flight all over the Web. So pull out your virtual binoculars and spot as many as you can. You could win some amazing prizes!

There are plenty of birds to find, and the Internet is a big place. You’ve only got until November 7th to win, so get started now.  Ready, set, bird!

Video by Mark Musselman

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