Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Harvest Time

Wild Turkey

Many of the area farmers are taking advantage of the recent dry weather to harvest their fields. When the field behind us is harvested we never know what interesting critters will appear. I was out checking the greenhouse and garden beds last week to see what final winerizing was needed when I caught sight of a wild turkey in the field. After getting my husband to see the bird, I snapped several pictures of this wild tukey hen. She seem rather comfortable with our presence even getting a little closer to us while feeding.

The wild turkey is the largest game bird in North America. They were almost wiped out in Canada but have now increased in numbers due to strict hunting laws and reintroduction in some areas. The wild turkey population in Ontario is estimated to be about 30,000. Predators include fox, bobcats, great horned owls, raccoons, opossums, black snakes, skunks, crows, red squirrels, coyotes and fishers but some are only predators at certains stages of the wild turkey's life cycle. Fox are predators of the wild turkey at all stages of its life.

Happy Gardening

Garden Gnome

1 comment:

  1. I do not know if wild turkeys were ever endangered in this area but I can sure tell you there are many of them here now. Seems they are everywhere! I have the occasion to drive through the 3 rivers game preserve near Baldwinsville, NY on occasion. Yes, there are turkeys there but more importantly, as least to me, are the ring necked pheasants I have seen running across the road in front of me. I was totally excited by this. I haven't seen one of these birds, in the wild, for years. Pokey


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