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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:04 PM

15 wild turkeys have discovered my bird feeders.

They are quickly cleaning up underneath the hanging feeders where I put black sunflower seeds and they have already cleaned up the board on the ground nearby where I put mixed seeds for the ground birds.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:10 PM

1. What an incredible sight that must be!


I had to move my bird feeders away from the back door because the dropped seeds were attracting mice and we found a couple ticks on my dog. This was on the advice of our vet.

I really miss seeing the birds up close. I hope you are enjoying yours!

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:14 PM

2. Can you photograph?

I'd love to see it.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:18 PM

3. Did take some pics but I'd rather not send them or post them. I'm not internet savvy enough...

to make sure I'm safe. Very sorry, hope you understand!

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:24 PM

5. imgur is really safe

It doesn't show the directory path for your account and you can keep your pics private and still share them via a link.

After you upload a pic it gives you the various links for posting at other places.

It's also free.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:43 PM

7. I'll have to try that. Would like to post the pics of them.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:21 PM

4. My neighbor kept complaining that her hanging feeders

were being emptied soon after filling them. She could not figure out what was going on.


Then one day I noticed several wild turkeys cleaning up the ground beneath the feeders. I stopped to watch. All of a sudden one of the turkeys that was just underneath a feeder elevated straight up and flapped his wings wildly. He managed to knock almost all of the seeds out of the feeder and to the ground.

Told my neighbor and she stopped feeding the turkeys.

Did I do the right thing?

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:42 PM

6. Just read that turkeys can be a handle to deal with.

Large, strong, sometimes aggressive and they eat a lot.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 06:04 PM

9. Maybe turkeys aren't as dumb as we think.

That's pretty clever.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 06:03 PM

8. That's not fair to the little robins and wrens!

Imagine coming to your favorite feeder and there are a bunch of 20-pound trespassers.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2018, 02:19 PM

11. The chickadees ignore the turkeys but the blue jays stay away when the turkeys are around.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2018, 02:18 PM

10. A deer and the flock of turkeys were having a stare down out on the street.

They didn't seem to know what to make of each other. After awhile, the flock left for the neighbor's bird feeder and the deer walked down the street to the wooded, vacant lots just to the west of my house.

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