Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Above: A Wild Turkey in southern Dorchester Co., Maryland (3/18/2005). Driving between Blackwater NWR and Elliott Island Road late that afternoon, I counted an amazing 92 Wild Turkeys. One huge, displaying "tom" had an impressive harem of 48 hens.

Below: Wild Turkeys in Switzerland Co., Indiana (3/11/2005).

Below: Archives - A typical view of a Wild Turkey in the Nassawango area of Maryland (10/2006).

Below: Wild Turkeys are a rather new phenomenon on Assateague Island. At last year's Rarity Roundup, we were fairly shocked to hear that Tom Feild and Jim Moore had found feathers on the north end of the island. One year later, Scott Housten has seen them about 10-12 times in this area, as have a number of others now (including several this weekend). This was my first sighting of them on the island, so a new Assateague bird for me. I spotted these five at dawn across from Life of the Marsh in Bayside Campground (11/11/2011).

Wild Turkeys are a rather new phenomenon on Assateague Island. At last year's Rarity Roundup, we were fairly shocked to hear that Tom Feild and Jim Moore had found feathers on the north end of the island. One year later, Scott Housten has seen them about 10-12 times in this area, as have a number of others now (including several this weekend). This was my first sighting of them on the island, so a new Assateague bird for me. I spotted these five at dawn across from Life of the Marsh in Bayside Campground (11/11/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.


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