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Wild Turkeys

In recent years, wild turkeys have become a very common sight in Massachusetts. While they look rather plain and brown from a distance, a closer inspection reveals feathers of a wide variety of subtle patterns and hues. The males’ iridescent feathers shine with green, red, bronze, copper and gold. Both males and females have a distinctive “wattle”, a fleshy red piece of skin that hangs beneath the neck.

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About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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6 Comments

  1. Beautiful birds! And their photographs are spectacular!

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    1. Thank you! I can’t seem to reach your blog. Was it deleted?

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    2. Think I figured it out…you are at mybiglittleworld?

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  2. love their colors, especially the rsd and blue

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  3. It’s always a treat to encounter a group of these gorgeous birds marching slowly across a meadow.

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    1. It’s one of my favorite things about November!

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