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Monday, October 13, 2008

Turkey Crossing

The roads in our neighborhood are private and the maximum speed limit is 25 throughout the community. There are very good reasons for this. The roads are narrow with lots of hills and blind curves. Another reason for the low speed limit is the abundance of wildlife with whom we share our community.

Yesterday, my husband and I were driving near our house when six wild turkeys happened to be crossing the road. They seemed in no hurry at all. Fortunately, I had my camera so I took a few shots of them.




They sauntered across the road as if they had the right-of-way. In fact, they did.




The turkeys walked right past my side of the car and I took another picture through the open window. They were too close for me to get all of them in the picture.




Clearly, these turkeys (like the proverbial chicken) were crossing the road to get to the other side. Fortunately, the driver of the car behind us was aware that we had a good reason for stopping right in the road. It is not at all uncommon to come upon a stopped car around here. Usually, it's because a deer has crossed and the driver is waiting, knowing there are likely more to follow. We stop for all animals here, including squirrels, chipmunks or anything else that shares our community with us.

There is almost always a friendly wave from the driver in front as he or she is finally able to move forward. I like that.

12 comments:

Lynne said...

It sounds like a slower, more critter-friendly pace where you live. I think wild turkeys are really beautiful birds.

Cheryl said...

I wish people here would slow down for wildlife....many a time I have left my car and seen wild animals safely across the road.....I saw ducklings and Mum across a road a few years ago....

I love your post....its good to know that I am not alone......

Cicero Sings said...

Lucky for those turkeys they are living by you ... it being Canadian Thanksgiving and all. LOL

Tina said...

I very much appreciate it when I see others take the time out of their day to stop or slow down and make sure creatures get to the other side! It wouldn't hurt all drivers to slow down a bit. Definitely would save more of God's creatures big and small, wild and human!
I think turkeys are fun birds to watch!

Ruth said...

I generally see wild turkeys at the far edges of cornfields, far from my camera's best zoom. Last fall one appeared at the window of our treatment room at the hospital...my closest encounter, but no camera around!

Twisted Fencepost said...

It is good that people respect and watch for the critters. Watching them calms me.

Dog_geek said...

We often come across wild turkeys around here. We ran into a bunch of them last week when walking with the dogs through Squirrel Hollow. The dogs were not as patient as you and your neighbors, however. Chaos ensued, but no turkeys were harmed.

Kerri said...

Sounds like a wonderful place!

Jayne said...

How funny! So cool that you all see so much wildlife Carolyn. :c)

troutbirder said...

Better they be walking than their usual low flying as one missed my windshield by about a foot several years ago!

NCmountainwoman said...

Lynne - Yes, we live a slower-paced life than most. And we love it.

Cheryl - Almost every day, some form of wildlife causes us to stop, and to think about their importance.

Cicero - I know you were already brining the Thanksgiving turkey, so they were in no danger.

Tina - Turkeys are fun to watch. It is unusual for them not to take flight when someone drives by.

Ruth - I'll bet all activity stopped so everyone could watch the turkey.

Twisted - I agree.

Dog geek - Our Lucy came upon a turkey while in the woods. We watched fearfully, afraid the turkey did not have enough room to take off. Fortunately she did. I have no idea what Lucy might have done had she caught up with her.

Kerri - It is, and we are grateful.

Jayne - It was amazing to see the turkeys keep walking. I fully expected them to fly off.

Troutbirder - Now that would be frightening. They are really big birds.

fishing guy said...

Carolyn: How wonderful that you live in an area to see these great birds. I feel it is a gift of nature when I see one.