We live in a very turkey-rich area here in Florence. We have many hens and
jakes, as well as several large toms. Monday morning I saw the first hen
turkey with eight poults. They are very well camouflaged and the hen had them in
the road where they appeared to be picking up some roughage. Tuesday afternoon
we accidently flushed them while walking down the driveway. They fly very
There was a wonderful article by Dennis Jensen in Sunday's Rutland Herald
about his encounter with a hen turkey with poults.
Lots of grouse around as well, several with chicks. They are also agressive
in protecting their chicks.