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 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)


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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