Jill & Alpha Tom in Cone Grove

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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I had been wondering when a rabbit and some turkeys get into the same places at the same times, who’s the Alpha Critter. Well today, I got a chance to see it happen in a VERY surprising way.

The usual raw sunflower seeds were not in the supermarket last night and I opted for wild bird seed that looked crappy but was the closest to what I wanted. On first break today, I went out to feed whomever was awake and hungry and was greeted by the four turkeys in Cone Grove. I had been calling Jill on my way in as I usually do and suddenly she appeared from behind the turkeys. She went straight to her bowl but it was empty – again because I hadn’t been there to fill it yet. Once she saw that I was tossing food by hand to the turkeys she hopped towards them to share it. Well, meanie Alpha Tom Turkey chases away the other male these days so I usually feed them apart. I was expecting A.Tom to go after Jill in a heartbeat. He didn’t but he did sound different. An all new noise was made and one I can’t copy, sorta like a trilling purr.

Jill didn’t seem to mind them much and found the outskirts of the pile and joined the still confused turkey. But I ran out of the seeds and had to go to the van to get more. I asked Jill to wait right there and I’ll be damned if she didn’t. Stood there and waited! I went to her bowl and filled it, once again realizing I was hella close to it and couldn’t stand up without scaring a turkey (or four) or Jill. But Jill made things easy and hoped right up her her bowl within inches of my knee! Breakthru! Stay by the bowl and she will come and eat with you too!!!! Woo hoo!

Turkey and JIll video may be on You Tube soon so stay tuned in.

What a cool thing to see!!!!!


Weedy Field is an undeveloped “green belt” between three parking lots in Rancho Cordova, California. I work in a building using one of the parking lots.

The camera was the Panasonic TZ4 because I wanted both movies (easily!) and something small enough not to instill any fear in animals who are just getting to know me (the turkeys). The quality of the shot suffered for it but I’m sure of Jill now so I can work on the turkeys without worrying about how she’s going to react to them. And yes the white balanced well off the high wire it’s so unbalanced. THAT fix is upcoming. ;-)

There were a few blue jays making a ruckus overheard because they thought I had peanuts and they were missing out on something. They are from the last nest full of eggs and they are still learning to be polite. LOL!

Mama and Jim Crow showed off their newest baby today. It looks pretty scruffy with whitish feathers making it appears like it rolled in the dirt. But this one is smarter than the last one and follows parents to food quickly and trustingly.

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