We have scrub turkeys here that like to dig up the gardens and tip over pots. They spend most of their time on the ground but will roost high in trees as well. I never see them in numbers like your pic though! It’s only one or two at a time. This makes me remember Roald Dahl’s book, “Danny, The Champion of the World” in which there were lots of pheasants roosting in the trees. Our native turkeys are not very bright, but are persistent! 🙂
That behavior is typical of these too. They are pretty and I like for them to be in the wild, but they certainly have no manners. In a sense they are like people, incredibly stupid some of the time, brilliant at other times.
Hope they had a great feast! We have lots of wild turkeys here in our area and I’m always seeing some in our yard. Recently one trotted right past the front porch, continued through our front yard, crossed the road and scurried into the brush on the other side. I think they’ve gotten braver since our cat died! 😉
It took me a minute to figure out that they were turkeys. I’ve seen plenty of wild turkeys (well, maybe 3-4 times a year, usually in pairs or small groups) but they’re always on the ground, running. Of course, I see them where grass and cornfields are plentiful, so that may be a smart move on the part of the turkeys. When they make a run for the corn, they can disappear in a flash. It’s probably better than flying, especially since up-in-the-air can equal “target” during hunting season.
Single or small families of turkeys can often be seen here in summer too, but this time of winter they congregate into huge flocks of 50 or more and raid the places along the valley that have a southern exposure and a lot of the snow melts away before the next storm comes through. The are clearly the barbarians of the bird world, but I’m fascinated by all of the calls they have. They talk all of the time and I’m beginning to understand a lot of their vocalizations.