Saturday, July 10, 2010
A wet winter made for a good spring for a lot of plants and animals along the river. The mouse population boomed, supporting lots of very happy egrets. The wild turkeys, who are expanding their territory further and further downstream, are working on a second batch of young. However, it's not always good times. We found the remains of a plundered turkey nest, a half-dozen eggs punctured and licked clean. (One of the eggs is on the left, next to an egg from our barred rock hen Barbarella and the robin's egg from May.) We saw some of the first batch of turkey chicks too, as big as our chooks. They are gangly turkey teenagers at an age of maximum gawk--which is saying a lot for a turkey.