One might compare the rather lean and mean looking threesome in the header with those watermelon shaped turkeys in the supermarket or in your oven.
Like large parts of the US, Cape Cod has a growing population of wild turkeys. This small group wandered across my lawn last spring just as the final snow was thawing. Some people I know have had groups as large as 20 in their yards. We are by no means rural, this lawn is bordered by West Main Street and a very busy artery called Pitcher's Way. Lots of traffic. I more often see groups of turkeys near areas that have large amounts of woods nearby. (I am often amazed and pleased that although Cape Cod is densely populated, it still has lots of areas thick with trees.)
I never saw a wild turkey until I was in my 40s. Since then they have become populous enough that I am not surprised when I see them. I am a bit nervous driving on some roads in areas with houses on large tracts that have plenty of woods for the turkeys roost in. I've just written a humorous short story about someone who hit one on a road. They are very much on my mind this time of year.
(Also on my mind is what the breeders have done with their domestic cousins with breasts so large (and meaty) they can hardly stand on their much shorter legs.
WEATHER -- COLD AND HOT - These tree limbs (above header) lined with thick ice were taken several years ago when I was living in Kentucky. Trees surrounding my home were glistening...
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