Wildlife Wednesday: From the Car Window

Geese in the cornfield

A sure sign of fall – the geese have taken over my neighbor’s corn field. We pass them every morning on the way to take Angel to school, much to the delight of both grandkids.

My neighbor is probably less-happy about them…

Turkeys on a wall

Turning down the School Road (as opposed to the Big Road, the Bumpy Road, or Our Road – I love how the kiddoes navigate!) we go on Turkey Watch. A flock of 20 or so wild turkeys roams the area, and hardly a week goes by without them putting in an appearance. Once spotted, the car windows are rolled down…

“What does a turkey say, gang?”

“GOBBLE-GOBBLE-GOBBLE!”

And THAT’S how you get them to smile for the camera…

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35 thoughts on “Wildlife Wednesday: From the Car Window

  1. Love those photos! We have snow geese and canadian geese in our fields. Sounds like a huge goose convention!!!! They are noisy! It is like living on a huge tarmak and one goose is the traffic controller! It’s crazy! Our farms becomes giant goose terminals! We used to have swans too, but we haven’t had the flooded fields for a couple of years now. When they fly overhead you want to find shelter quickly! One never knows! Joining this hullabaloo are the ducks! Lots going on out here! Look out for that moose!!!! πŸ˜€ And those wild turkeys? Don’t tick them off! Yikes! They took over a neighborhood in Fargo for a while! LOL Mine were domestic and still took over the garage one day. The cats didn’t mess with them, neither did our dog! πŸ˜‰ I can turkey call and they would follow me, thank goodness. Farm life is never boring!

    • In a month or two we’ll see a few snow geese mixed in with the Canada’s. They’re here for the winter, all of them. Do the ones you see come to stay, or migrate on?
      There’s a small flock of turkeys (about 12 right now) that lives near/on our property. We don’t see much of them in the yard, ever since Cleo treed one of the toms and kept him there for an hour…there are safer ways for them to get place to place than going through our yard!

      • No they keep right on going after filling up on corn left on the ground in the fields and on the gravel roads where the trucks pass by our farm! They also like the wheat that is left on our fields too. The turkeys hang around all winter! Ha ha ha! Cleo you are a good protector! πŸ˜€ We used to free the geese when the rivers along the shoreline froze over. The coyotes would gobble them up at night when they rested in the yards. I don’t like coyotes. I hear they are all over RI now!

        • We have plenty of coyotes, but ‘my’ pack (that runs here in the neighborhood) Knows The Rules…they’re properly shy of people and keep the rodent/rabbit population under control. One of my biggest fears is that someone will Take Them Out, and younger, bolder animals will move in. That would be bad for all of us…

    • Not just close – they live with us. Angel is the child of my oldest stepson, and Hubby and I are raising her. Niko and his Mama (my daughter) are here until she can get back on her feet after a divorce. Fun, but exhausting…I’m doing the Mom Thing all over again.

      • They are so lucky to have you! We do what we do for our children because we love them so very much. Life today is not easy for young people. I think life was much less stressful when I was growing up! Benefits were good, retirement was there, jobs were plentiful and if you went to college or learned a trade you would lead a good life. Now those degrees often just become pieces of paper at a very high cost. On the job training is a thing of the past. Today you have to earn a degree to fill out an insurance form or answer a phone! Telemarketing…plenty of those jobs! Low pay, poor benefits with high deductibles and very high stress. Most have college degrees! Uffda….
        God Bless You! I think you are wonderful!

  2. FUN! The geese are not so silly after all, hanging around with corn and all of its companion bugs handily close. What a fabulous photo of the turkeys, too. Easy to see why they were thought of as a logical national symbol bird, with big handsome ones like this!

  3. Look at all those geese! I see them flying overhead here in the evenings, but have yet to see where they land. They don’t seem to like the land here as much as they liked the land around the pond in Ohio. The turkeys are a great catch. πŸ™‚

  4. “Gobble, gobble, gobble” definitely works It had me smiling. That’s a beautiful picture, Marie. We’ve got plenty of geese here much of the year, only now, the flocks are getting much larger. Enough with the training flights, apparently. It’s time to roll.

  5. Well geese and turkeys are not on any of the paths I take, so I so enjoyed yours and said ‘gobble, gobble, gobble’ into the screen!! Hmm, fully understand that most logical navigation by the kids too . . .

  6. I had to giggle a bit, too. I can “hear” the gobble gobble from the back seat to the turkeys. I heard a kid’s squeal at the grocery store this week and my reaction was to look for Niko. Sounded just like him. I found a boy about Niko’s age with his mom around the endcap.

  7. Turkeys, turkeys! I saw one in April when we took a drive into Maine. For some reason, they haven’t crossed the border into New Brunswick yet; maybe they’re having trouble getting passports?
    PS Is the standing corn to be fed to cattle?

    • The turkeys had to be re-introduced down here, and have done better than anyone anticipated…there’s even a flock on Boston Common!
      As for the corn, I have no clue what he intends to do with it. It’s sweet corn, not field corn, so I wouldn’t think he intends it for feed…They didn’t actually harvest much this year. Odd folks.

    • We look more rural than we actually are, but wildlife abounds down here on the island. That flock of turkeys numbers around two dozen, and it’s just one flock. The small band that lives in/around my back field doesn’t come down to the yard much, ever since my dog treed atom and held him there for a couple of hours πŸ™‚

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