Have you seen a live turkey walking around in the forest?
Ryan, our dog has! Ryan frequently finds Wild Turkies when he’s training in Cuyamaca State Park. In the Spring you can frequently see a hen, or mother turkey, and poults, or young turkeys walking in a line together. He never chases them but he does like sniff them out and watch them walk by.
“Turkeys have many vocalizations: “gobbles”, “clucks”, “putts”, “purrs”, “yelps”, “cutts”, “whines”, “cackles”, and “kee-kees”. In early spring, males older than a year old (sometimes called gobblers or toms) and, occasionally to a lesser extent, males younger than a year old (sometimes called “jakes”) gobble to announce their presence to females and competing males. The gobble of a wild turkey can be heard up to a mile away. ” Expedia
San Diego Creature Wild Turkey Stats
Common Name: Wild Turkey
Latin Name: Meleagris gallopavo
Description: As adults they generally have blackish and dark body feathers. Adult males have a large, featherless, reddish head, red throat, and red wattles on the throat and neck.
Size: Males end up being about 39–49 in (100–125 cm) long
Weight: Adult males can be 11 to 24 lb (5 to 11 kg)
Habitat: Wild turkeys prefer hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forests with scattered openings such as pastures, fields, orchards and seasonal marshes.
Status: Least Concern
Species: M. gallopavo
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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California State Parks (Retrieved 13NOV2020)
iNaturalist: Wild Turkey (Retrieved 13NOV2020)