Turkey love and Gimpy

Is it possible that Wild Turkeys have regional accents?

When I went out, early this morning to replenish the bird feeder, I could hear a familiar sound from somewhere “out there”: “glubble glubble glubbler gluck”.

Wild Turkeys! I recognized the sound and it is definitely not “gobble gobble”. Not up here anyway.

Immediately I went to find the camera. What I couldn’t see with my naked eye, I knew the camera would blow up for me. It was obviously a bunch of guy-turkeys with one thing on their mind.

Just like human-guys.

Apparently it didn’t go all that well:

It was like an episode of some television dating show, with all the guys lined up displaying their finery and their je-ne-sais-quoi. After a bit, I swear I heard “Gluck off” as one of the contestants exited into the scrub with this fine feathers tucked back in!

Last year when we had a show like this we had a very sad post script:


It began with a prophetic first line: “Amazing, isn’t it, how quickly things can change?”

Many things, however, carry on as ever…

A couple of weeks ago, when I was looking through what had been captured overnight on our web cam, I noticed a squirrel with a “funny gait”. “Hey”, I said to Grant “that squirrel looks drunk.”

The clip was only a few seconds long and not great quality, so we didn’t think much of it.

But then, that same afternoon, as I was riding the exercise bike, I happened to glance up just in time to see a squirrel looking at me through the glass door and as it hopped away…

“Yo, Grant!” I called “Gimpy is here at the front door!”

This little creature has some sort of problem with her equilibrium. She seems to function just fine, but she has a pronounced list to starboard. When she runs, she can’t quite make a straight line and heads off to the right. If she sits up and tries to eat, she will begin to drift, as you can see, until she ends up lying flat. But it doesn’t appear to bother her. She just goes on eating.

At the moment I’m not able to upload a video clip so here are some stills of Gimpy’s progress from the back patio. Poor thing has to put a bit of effort into it as you can see:

But there she is over by the apple tree, just fine and she can climb better than her buddies:

Is it silly to be invested in the welfare of a squirrel?

Then I guess I’m silly 🙂

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