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Monday, June 12, 2006

Jake


This is a wild turkey that has come close to the house lately. He's a "jake," which is an adolescent male (not yet capable of reproduction) and has all of these characteristics:

1. Outermost wing feathers lack white barring all the way to the tip.
2. The beard is six inches or shorter.
3. The central tail feathers are longer than the rest.

12 comments:

rachel said...

Your bird search is going well! How cute is Jake!

Ruth said...

Yes, Rachel, he's so homely he's cute!

I actually think the birds must be having scavenger hunts for women with cameras. They're just showing up!

Rauf said...

Jake is handsome Ruth, beautiful pattern on the feathers. lovely against green background. full screen view is terrific.

Ginnie said...

Oh Ruth! He's adorable. I love the wingspan. He did that just for you, I'm sure. I love getting my education from you, over and over again.

Ruth said...

Rauf, thank you for opening up to the bigger image. He really showed off for us.

Ruth said...

Ginnie, I have no idea why he suddenly spread his wings, but I was grateful!

Ruth said...

And oh, Ginnie, of course Don was the one who knew this was a "jake" (although I think his dad told him about it on the phone after Mr. Jake visited).

Clo said...

I love birds, and I do love to hear birds story. Have you ever did your totem? I guess you have a turkey in it!

We don't have those in the wild here, just the ones on the farm. I was in one, and I just enter the turkey house, they were all chuckling! Then, they stop, and each time I did a big sound, they just all chuckling again. OMG, I found that sound totally irresistible. So funny! :O)
glou glou glou glou glou

Ruth said...

Clo, I haven't done my totem, no, but I'd love to. I believe I must have the bluebird, for sure. Maybe wild turkey too, who knows?

That's funny about your turkey story! Don and I had domestic turkeys on another farm many years ago; wow, they are not the brightest, but they have their place in the world.

Ruth said...

Oh, Clo, I meant to add, that we had to teach our turkey chicks to drink water. It is not an inborn instinct. Had to literally put their little beaks into the water. Also kept them with the chickens, who modeled drinking for them! You may have heard that turkeys sometimes drown by looking up into the falling rain? "Eh, what's that?"

lesleyanne said...

thank god for dad and his extensive knowledge of birds!! what would we do without him. =)

Ruth said...

Yep, him and Grandpa, from whom he acquires some of his knowledge!