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Monday, September 17, 2007

September Days


This is a picture of wild turkeys in our field. I don't know what you call a group of turkeys. A flock? Herd? Gaggle? Google? Anyway, it's a bunch. Amazing critters, these turkeys. I can understand why Ben Franklin wanted it to be the national symbol. They wander around like cows until you move toward them then they melt away into the woods and you'll be hard pressed to ever see them again. If you surprise one they spread their gigantic wings and fly away as gracefully as swans. I've never seen one land.

It's been a regular wildlife park around here lately. In addition to the turkeys, we have daily visits from half a dozen deer, the coyotes howl in the woods at night and sometimes are seen hunting mice in the field. There is a wily fox who occasionally graces us with an appearance. He stunk up the place for half a night while enjoying a skunk for his dinner somewhere upwind of the place. Hoot owls fill up the night and I heard the strains of The Who's Teenage Wasteland the night before last. Coyotes.

There's just a tinge of fall in the trees and the cool nights have Vermonters sizing up their wood piles and checking the road culverts. I've spent half the summer on the tractor clearing trails for walking, skiing and snowshoeing. I like making trails more than I like using them, but sport is sport.

4 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

Hi, Tom. Steve in South Carolina, here. You've got a great blog! With turkeys and tractors, you can't go wrong.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First snow today here in Homer. It was pretty impressive... for about 30 minutes.

Then the sun came out and everything melted. But not before my coworker and I got swamped (I'm a cabbie) because it's seems everyone in Homer forgot that Homer's in Alaska and that Alaskans know how to deal with snow.

Anyway, it was a pretty glorious half hour. I've definitely got the best "office" in town.

Annette

3:33 AM  
Blogger harborparis said...

I think its a fleet. National symbol hmm. Curious they picked the bald eagle instead, being sometimes a scavenger. Here in the harbor no turkeys, But a mountain lion ran in front of me last week. Must be loosing its habitat due to all those tractors working on progress. You know at the end of a long hard day there is nothing like firing up the tractor to take the edge off. Clearing the land. Kill those blackberries. Thank goodness for tractors.

11:01 PM  
Blogger MAYRA said...

HOLA TOM:
ME ENCONTRE ESTE LUGAR Y ME EMOCIONE PUEDO PONER MI COMENTARIO Y PUEDO DECIRTE QUE SE QUE HAY MUCHOS COYOTES JIJI!!! LO SE POR RITA, Y SE QUE TAMBIEN ES INCREIBLE VER LA GRAN CANTIDAD DE ANIMALES QUE PASAN POR TU CASA ES HERMOSO...
BUENO ES CORTO EL COMENTARIO ASI QUE QUIERO AGRADECER TODAS LAS BUENAS ATENCIONES QUE SE HAN TOMADO CON MI FAMILIA Y CONMIGO SON USTEDES UNA FAMILIA ENCANTADORA.
LOS QUIERE MAYRA.

1:19 PM  

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