Wild Turkeys Meleagris gollopavo
21 December 2013
The pristine snow is being sullied by a steady and increasing rain. The temperature is hovering right above freezing and we are getting prepared for an ice storm which is being predicted by Environment Canada. As the temperature drops a little this rain is expected to turn to freezing rain with a substantial build up, sufficient to potentially break tree limbs and cause power lines to collapse.
We may just be holed up tomorrow so we ventured forth this afternoon to get in a little birding before the weather debacle begins.
Three Wild Turkeys were spotted gleaning corn in a field of stubble. The photographs are hardly the best, but they were taken in very grey conditions with steady rain falling. We hope to do better in brighter conditions another day. As can be seen in the pictures these are large, heavy-bodied birds and they sink into the waterlogged snow. They certainly earn the meagre pickings they are able to glean from the remnant corn beneath the snow cover.