This morning I had eleven (11) young wild turkeys in my bird feeding area only 15 to 30 feet from my house. They could not have been older than four or five weeks. Some were up in the maple trees; others pecking around under the feeders. They are about the size of a bantum hen. Two hen turkeys were with them.
I have never seen such young wild turkeys this late in the season. I assume that it is a second brood, but even then it seems late. Do you think that is because it was so cold and wet earlier that nests were flooded and eggs and chicks lost so that breeding was delayed??
I have had four fully grown tom turkeys in my yard several times a day for about a month now. They are quite used to me and let me walk near them and talk to them. One walked over to the kitchen window and looked right in at me. A quartet of turkey clowns.
I do not have a hummingbird feeder, but I have hanging petunias and the hummers come most every day. Today I had one male and what I think are two juveniles, but perhaps they are females. They move pretty fast so it is hard to see when I am standing right there on the porch surrounded by hanging pots and the hummers are a zooming blurr!
On August 14th I had male scarlet tanager in my blueberry bushes only 25 feet from the house. He flew up onto a maple branch where I watched him feeding on a very green caterpillar. A young yellow-bellied sapsucker that happened to be sitting on the same branch moved over close to the tanager. The tanager flew up higher in the tree leaving a very perplexed youngster that sat on the branch for at least five more minutes trying to figure out what happened.
We have a variety of avian families: blue jays (with their "shaved" heads!!) , white breasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees (several families), rose-breasted grosbeaks (two families), evening grosbeaks (they are gone now), purple finches, mourning doves (they are on their third brood), hairy woodpeckers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and ofcourse a large population of goldfinches. I also have a family of ravens up on the knoll. The three young fledged in the middle of July and, on a breezy day,I have enjoyed watching them learn how to soar.
I appreciate all the information that so many of you on the VTLIST provide. It helps me put together my Nature of Things articles for the Valley Reporter in the Mad River Valley. Thank you, Ann Day in Fayston, VT