For the past few weeks we've been enjoying watching an extended family of wild turkeys make themselves at home on the farm. The group includes a number of hens and their youngsters, which have been cruising across the fields, through the orchards and around the pond. (You may need to click on the photo for a larger image to get a better view.) They tend to be very skittish and wary about people, but seem to have grown quite a bit more comfortable being near us and the house, as you can tell from these photos I took from the back deck one evening.
Here's another view of them the same evening as they headed out around the pond:
We've counted up to 18 little ones, though it's hard to get an accurate count because some are so small you can't see them in the grass, and they are constantly moving. But it's quite a sizeable flock. It used to be that if an adult turkey was down by the pond and even heard us open a door up at the house, they'd turn and flee into the woods. Now they just look up and seem to say, "Oh, it's just them again."
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The latest Shelter Challenge started Monday, July 9 and ends at midnight on September 16. Grand prize in this round is $5,000, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
*** We are now LISTED UNDER OUR NEW NAME, ROLLING DOG FARM. State is still NH for New Hampshire. ***
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We just won $1,000 as a weekly winner in the last contest, and thousands more in the previous contests. The Shelter Challenge really does bring in a lot of money for the animals here!
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