Thursday, June 16, 2011

Turkey Lurkey and someone new


Our neighbhood wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) has become a regular in our Wildscape. We're not sure yet if it's a male or female. I'm guessing an immature male. Amid the brown grass and burnt vegetation, the goofy bird is a welcome addition to our wild kingdom. The other evening, I was sitting on our rock patio, and here came Turkey Lurkey. It strolled down our garden paths, visited a bird bath or two, and scratched in the flower beds. Then along came a territorial mockingbird. That tough guy dove and chased the turkey until it gave up and jumped the fence into the front yard. Later, I saw the turkey way high in an oak, getting ready to roost for the night.






Earlier this week, we also had a juvenile green heron (Butorides virescens) visit our Wildscape. From my office window, I watched it practice its fishing skills...in our very shallow bird bath! That was a hoot. We didn't realize our pretty those little herons are, especially their sage green legs and feet.






Since I had my long lens out, I shot a few images (not great) of other visitors at the bird bath outside my office window...

Northern cardinal (female)
Inca dove
House finch (male)
Titmouse

4 comments:

Janet said...

It's fascinating looking at your bird photos, Sheryl. They are very different to ours. The heron has the same stance as a European one but the colour is different. And I know the cardinal is the chosen bird of Virginia. But I've never come across a Titmouse. Is that a local name?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Hi Janet! More specifically, it's a tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor). Unusual name, eh? It's the accepted common name for the species, I believe.

cheryl said...

Hi Sheryl, it's Cheryl๐Ÿ˜Š. Contrary to your comment, your bird pictures are quite good. ๐Ÿ˜Š
The one heron that I saw pretty clearly, that we have, is orange legged/footed.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Thanks, Cheryl! Love, sheryl :-)

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