Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WHEN THEY THINK NO ONE IS LOOKING…TURKEYS CAN READ!


A few days ago, I was down at the Visitors Center at Point Pelee National Park with my camera. It was after 5 p.m., so the Center was closed, but you can still park your vehicle and wander around. There were a few cars in the big parking lot, but the people were all off somewhere on the hiking trails, so the place looked deserted. I was standing behind a tall clump of grasses, when I heard happy peals of children’s excited laughter. I peered around the grasses just in time to see several hen turkeys racing by. Hoping to get a photo, I quickly stepped forward to stop the children from chasing the birds, only…there wasn’t a soul in sight! I looked in the direction the birds were heading, and there they were, still traveling, until one bird gave a tell-tale chuckle (I could have sworn it was little kids!) then they all stopped and stood stock-still, looking up at the stop sign. Once I stepped out into the open to take my shot, they started to mill around (pretending they weren’t actually reading the sign) and eventually disappeared into the woods. But too late, their secret is out!

13 comments:

Dee said...

Just more proof of the secret life the animals (and birds?) live under the noses of us humans! Great picture and post!

Poetikat said...

Are they escapees, or refugees from the States? (Turkey time is coming down there, isn't it?)
I know they're not farm turkeys, but they may be thinking, "Better safe, than sorry."

Kat

Deborah Godin said...

@Kat - that would be perfect as long as you don't try to say it three times fast!

bobbie said...

You caught them! I've always suspected as much. Not just turkeys either - all those creatures who live around us.

Dianne said...

what a wonderful post!!

and great photo

gardenpath said...

Oh, those turkeys have all sorts of secrets! I am not surprised to hear that they can read. That is a great shot.

Quiet Paths said...

*snort* You get the happy turkeys now that you have had your Thanksgiving!

me ann my camera said...

Very neat I must say :-)

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Turkey's seem to be another creature you find everywhere: we have them down here in south Florida, in the wild ... but I don't think they are as abundant as other places.

Jim said...

Hi Deborah. Would you believe that my Adi (beagle dog) is a reading dog!
I am glad you posted this, it cheered me up on the way to read your OSI poem.
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magiceye said...

lol!!! superb post!!!

Kay said...

How exciting! A turkey chase! I just arrived from Bobbie's blog. What fun!

Raven said...

Very funny. I don't know why this made me think of it, but I've always thought that cockroaches are very smart and know when you are most defenseless. I didn't have many back when I lived in NYC, but the few I did always seemed to show themselves when I wasn't wearing my glasses and they looked twice as big. And when I broke my foot (running away from one of them), they just got incredibly full of themselves... Animals are much wiser than we let ourselves believe, I think.