Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Turkey Trot

The neighbors turkey and roosters have been making regular visits lately.  We have enjoyed watching them scratching around in the dirt looking for insects, but they make a terrible mess though. But at least they're cute.

The other day after being gone all day, we came home to quite a mess.  Al had recently put a lot of pretty red mulch down and evidently they had been working those areas, and mulch was spread everywhere!

The next morning, I was sitting on the couch, watching tv and reading blogs.  One rooster and the turkey were digging around in the mulch under the Mimosa tree.  All of a sudden, the turkey started running back up the hill towards home, with the rooster following behind.  I couldn't figure it out. I thought maybe he heard his owner call him for dinner or something.  It was kind of strange.

Later in the day, Al went outside with a rake in order to put all the mulch and dried grass back where it belonged.  He found a nasty surprise in the ground under the Mimosa tree.  He found a huge yellow jacket nest.  He figured easily a couple hundred of them were flying around.  Luckily he got away without being stung, and put them on his "to do" list for later in the day.  Remember, he is an exterminator :)

We think the turkey and possibly the rooster got stung by the yellow jackets and that was why they ran off.  We haven't seen anyone in our yard since!

Of course, now being the animal lovers that we are, we started to worry about them.

We've taken a few golf cart rides up to where they live and have not seen the turkey.  Al thought he may have heard him this morning though.  Hope so.  Poor guy, probably got stung pretty bad and enough stings could easily have killed him.

We have some other critter news.  Al has been seeing a fox in our pasture area again.  We used to see 2-3 of them very frequently but hadn't seen one for a while.  We assumed someone had shot them for raiding chicken coops or something.  But this morning Al saw one sunning himself in the pasture, just like old times!

We're enjoying the beautiful fall weather with night time temps in the lower 50's and even upper 40's.  It's in the 70's or low 80's in the daytime.  Perfect weather, with clear blue skies!


Margie and Roger said... [Reply to comment]

Glad the fox has returned. Maybe you can get a really good photo with a new camera.

Wayne and Roberta said... [Reply to comment]

Hope Mr Turkey is ok!!

K and D in the RV said... [Reply to comment]

Now that would have been a funny picture if you could have had a camera in hand at the time to catch those birds in fright/flight!

Margie M. said... [Reply to comment]

Gosh, I hope the turkey is OK. Poor thing. Bet he won't go digging around in that mulch for a while.

Let's get a pic on here of the turkey and the rooster. That would be awesome.

Levonne said... [Reply to comment]

Karen, First of all thank you so much for coming by my blog A Camp Host Housewife's Meanderings and leaving your comments. I appreciate you following our journey. About those turkeys, I know what you mean. Yesterday someone on one side of Hwy 1 was feeding bread to wild turkeys making them have to cross the busy road to get the food. I hated this. One car driving fast and unconcerned could have mowed them down!

LakeConroePenny,TX said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, I will be glad to hear if the turkey and rooster return and are alright.
To see a fox sunning himself must be a lovely sight. How great is that!

As for food for your kitties, here is a bit more info:

I hope that you can get on the road and head south soon.

Happy Trails, Penny, TX

Levonne said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much for coming by A Camphost Housewife's Meanderings and leaving comments Karen. I really appreciate it!

Levonne said... [Reply to comment]

Karen, thanks for coming by A Camp Hosts Meanderings and leaving comments!

TexCyn said... [Reply to comment]

Oh it's so great that both of you are nature lovers! I HAVE to follow you now :-))

Randy and Pam Warner said... [Reply to comment]

Hope the turkey is OK and nice to have the fox back.