Our first sighting was in a park, just opposite the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. We promptly stopped the car to get a better look and as Cindy, Sue, Nadine and I sat there in the middle of the road staring at this gigantic bird staring back at us, we decided it must be a wild turkey. A google search the following day proved our suspicions right, this was no emu escaped from the zoo, it was a four foot tall turkey!
Then, a few weeks later, talk of a wild turkey/school bus collision in Southern Ontario appeared in the news.
Next, there was an article in a local newspaper reporting a wild turkey sighting near Bluffer’s Park.
Then, to my surprise, as a hawk flew by my kitchen window last Tuesday, a turkey appeared in the yard. By the time I grabbed my camera and made it outside, the turkey had disappeared. But then, from behind a patch of bergamot, a head popped out of the foliage. The turkey then high-tailed it for the neighbour’s yard (Man, those turkeys can run!) and was last heard clucking in the distance. We’re not sure what this turkey was doing roaming the suburbs of Toronto, but it definitely seemed like a fantasy!
And if you’re not too busy birding on Thursday August 21st, why not drop by BeadFX for Cindy Vroom’s Fringe Fantasy class. In this class you will learn a deceptively simple technique of fringing which creates your own wearable coral reef. Starting with a peyote band, you will learn to fringe both sides, or wrap around the band for a more dimensional look. You may even catch a glimpse of the peregrine falcon Sue spotted in the neighbourhood late last week!