As the snow has fallen and melted, and fallen again, the wildlife seem to find refuge on this land. Being close to the river provides a bit of a warm belt and comfort for the wild ones. By the flocks and herds they come! Right at this moment I just heard a “Hoo hoo hoo hoo” come from behind me out the window. How wonderful it is to know you’re not alone.
So about that turkey. She’s white….all white! Well, except for a small brown patch on her wing. At first I was convinced that it was an albino turkey, but upon further investigation, I think she may have been a domestic turkey that literally flew the coop. Hard to say…sometimes nature has a way of mixing things up!
What is even more fascinating is her rank among the flock. She’s a tough one, not taking any hassling from the other turkeys. When there was a lot of snow on the ground, she had the best camouflage of all! Now as the snow begins to melt again she stands out like a sore thumb so to say. After talking with some of the locals, it sounds like she is pretty well known. We are really glad to know that she is being seen as something to marvel over instead of something to prize and eat.
We love watching the turkeys come down the hill from the other areas they had been feeding from earlier in the day. Barreling down the hill they come (imagine someone running with their hands in their pockets) and straight to the bird feeder. All winter we have been maintaining the songbird feeders and to the turkeys delight, they get to clean up all the pieces the songbirds have kicked out of the tray. From time to time we will throw down some cracked corn for the turkeys as well…yes indeed, they love it.
One day we were cleaning up the house and stumbled upon some of the apples that we had picked earlier in the season. Unfortunately, some of them went soft so we tossed them out for the deer. To our surprise, not only were the deer outside eating the apples, but so were the turkeys! Imagine this…..a cold snowy day, you look out your window and underneath the apple tree are some deer and a bunch of turkeys munching away at the same time….the turkeys running around with apples speared onto their beaks! We got such a kick out of that one!
We are blessed everyday with an abundance of wildlife to be in awe over. They help us to become present, to be still, to love, and to remember to be happy. As a great author once said…..
” Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves.” – Eckhart Tolle
Written by KM