Thanksgiving In April

Only 233 shopping days left until Black Friday!

Only 233 shopping days left until Black Friday!

It’s the longest day in the week if we’re strictly talking about letter count, Wednesday!  picture dayThat means its time to whip out the Kodachrome and think back on all the crap I learned in high school with another Picture Day here at The Nest!  The title of my post may scare some of you… but it’s no more absurd than those stupid Christmas in July events people seem to relish in each summer, which were much more effectively out of place before you could actually buy tinsel and garland at that time of the year.  But I have a good reason for going with the Thanksgiving theme this week as I just happened to catch a glimpse of something yesterday that I have NEVER seen in my yard in all of the seven years I’ve lived here now…

Well, hello there Butterball...

Well, hello there Butterball…

I caught the end of its tailfeathers showing under the blinds I leave raised for my cats to peek out into the world and knew it wasn’t a squirrel tail!  I about died when I saw this big bird standing in my yard just as pretty as you please.  We have a bunch of wild turkeys that sometimes congregate near a state route than runs about a mile from my house… but this is the first time I’ve ever seen one of them make an appearance at my front door!  I couldn’t run to get the camera fast enough, and snapped this picture through the window… wanting to make sure I got at least one standing shot of him in case he’d run as soon as I opened the front door…

And of course, he did spook almost immediately upon opening the door.  Don’t tell Arthur Carlson, but…..

Well, so much for getting some better shots of the bird outside.  But at least he looked pretty flying away…

I hope you remembered to file a flight plan with the FAA...

I hope you remembered to file a flight plan with the FAA…

Enough of the turkey talk… I’ll be back with some more birdbrained pictures next week…

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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31 Responses to Thanksgiving In April

  1. 233 shopping days…. aaaah wake me up please :o)

  2. Piglove says:

    Oh dear. Why am I craving a turkey sandwich with Duke’s mayo now? Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  3. Trisha says:

    What a surprise to see a turkey standing in your yard! It’s good you were able to find your camera quickly. I probably would have been so excited I would have run around in circles, forgetting what I was looking for and it would have escaped before I found the camera. It has beautiful feathers!

    • Anything I want to make sure I can find when I need it, I always put in the exact same place every time… otherwise, I’d never be able to remember where I had it. I’d just had it out a couple hours before that to take pics of my sad tulips, which I was going to use today until the turkey pre-empted my shitty gardening skills!

  4. JackieP says:

    Now that would be a surprise! I’ve had deer, falcons, and other assorted critters in my yard but no turkeys. Unless you count the neighbor. LOL 🙂

    • I’ve had a lot of strange and unusual birds pass through over the years… I could probably do a compilation post some day. And I’ve also had many strange and unusual neighbors to take pictures of!

  5. Welcome to the exciting world where you too can be attacked by bad-tempered wild turkeys. We have them all over these days. They used to be relatively rare, but they are protected and have taken enthusiastically to the semi-suburban towns in the valley. They march across roads and yard in a loose formation and if you happen to think they ought to hurry so maybe you can continue driving to where you were going, they attack your car. If you aren’t IN a car, they will attack you and you would be amazed at what strong birds they are.,

    They do not get the whole concept that “it only take one tire…” They do not call them “turkeys” for nothing 🙂

    Great photo grabs! I’ve never had a camera with me when they turkeys were roaming the roads. I live in hope.

    • I believe you that they can be tough little turkey thugs… while I didn’t want the turkey to fly off when I opened the door, I was glad it did run in the opposite direction rather than right back at me. It looked pretty intimidating. I guess when your species is the “guest of honor” for a major holiday, you have the right to be a little mean and ornery…

  6. draliman says:

    A flying turkey? Whatever next. Makes you wonder how so many of them get caught and end up on the Christmas dinner table.

    • They must be very unlucky…. in fact, legend has it the turkey was once considered for adoption as our national symbol rather than the bald eagle. I can imagine the turkeys strutting around today as a protected species while we gathered over the basted eagle each November!

  7. Arlene says:

    Turkeys are regular visitors to my yard and the subject of more than one or two of my posts. One post was about some turkeys we saw in Utah on our trip south in the RV in 2014.

    • I’m definitely not used to seeing anything larger than a stray cat roaming through my yard, so this was my first encounter with a turkey! If they came around more often, I’d probably be afraid to go outside!

      • Arlene says:

        Yes be afraid, very afraid. We made the mistake of feeding them when we first moved into this house. We put out cracked corn for them. Then they found the black sunflower seed bird feeder for the song birds by the deck. They totally trashed the feeder and our deck. Needles to say quite feeding them and the song birds. The next spring they were back looking for handouts. We were going out to the car and they came running up to us. it is scary when they are right in front of you and their head is bobbing and weaving around your knees.Those beaks could cause some damage.

  8. ody & biskit…..wildlife iz inn sane thiz week….on caturday in de wee hourz hourz oh de morn

    { 3:12 am ta bee eggs act }

    …de food servizz gurl looked out de window N saw two deer in de front yard……

    vizshuz deer mind ewe…..they was tryin ta steel de damn post lite ~~~~~~ 🙂 trooth ♥♥♥

  9. Ally Bean says:

    I like your photos, but dislike thinking about Thanksgiving to Christmas season. Although the reference to Les Nessman and Mr. Carlton’s stunt brought a smile to my face. Best Thanksgiving episode of any show ever.

    • I will admit to having never seen an episode of WKRP before (It wasn’t in any of the rerun schedules back in my TV watching days), but it’s one of those uber famous episodes that even I’ve managed to hear about before… and I enhanced my knowledge of it by digging up and watching a Youtube video of the final 5 minutes! I’ll admit, the infamous line was not uttered the way I always imagined it was…

  10. Merbear74 says:

    I’ll bring the stuffing.

  11. The Cutter says:

    +1 for the WKRP reference

  12. Can you believe it? Australia also celebrates Christmas in July. I ignore it. I love Christmas but once a year is quite enough! Same goes I am sure for Thanksgiving so Mr Turkey was lucky. ❤

    • Well, that would make sense at least… waiting until the dead of winter like that! I was at a Christmas in July ballgame on a 90 degree night a few years ago, and it just didn’t seem right at all…

  13. You could have saved on cat food for at least a week had you caught him…

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