The turkeys have made another appearance. It's the same flock of four, and they're still clueless about how to deal with traffic. When I saw them this morning, one was paused in the middle of the road, holding up traffic. A car tried to pass at the same instant the turkey decided to finish crossing the street. The bird ended up running alongside the car for a while, confused as to why it couldn't run around the car. This agitated the three other birds, who couldn't see their pal, so they started some concerned gobbling. The incident was resolved when all four birds flew straight up, then onto the roof of a two story house.
We haven't seen them for over a month, and I was thinking that maybe they went and joined their brethren on the American River Trail, or (given their inability to figure out cars) they had shuffled off this mortal coil. However, I'm thinking they may be a permanent part of the 'hood. As neighborhood fauna, I prefer them to the cats that infest our yard.