In 1975, the Rio Grande subspecies of wild turkey was introduced in southwestern Oregon. Now the turkeys have spread to most of the state, with the number estimated to be 50,000 birds as of a year ago. Our corner of the state became turkey country a few years ago and they have thrived. We used to be excited to see them in the wild; now they have become a town pest, right along with the deer. They are noisy, messy, and they are destructive to gardens.
The morning I was trying to locate elk to photograph, I was alone on a country road right at sunrise. What a frightful noise! The turkeys roost in trees at night and come down in the mornings, trooping in flocks to find food. That particular morning, their goal was the field of harvested sunflowers. I'm linking up with Nancy's Rural Thursday.