A flock of 20-30 Wild Turkeys have frequented VT Route 106 north of Little
Ascutney Road junction all through winter. Being Wild Turkeys are now such
a common sight throughout the state now, I don't usually give any
particular attention to them until this morning when an unusual colored
individual crossed 106 during my AM work commute. It was entirely light
gray save black feather tips. Doing a web search I learned that apart from
normal plumaged birds, wild turkeys may have four other color phases or
variants: "smoke" (this bird), erythritic or red, melanistic, and albino.
Supposedly, the "smoke" variant is the more frequent of the four. A very
Does anyone have a sense of how common "smoke" or other abnormal color
variant wild turkeys are in VT?
South Reading, VT