Wild Turkeys at VENT’s office

Victor Emanuel

Victor Emanuel

Earlier this year at the VENT office we were somewhat surprised, but mostly just delighted to see a Wild Turkey grazing around our building and underneath our bird feeders. Our office is a one-story building in a complex located adjacent to the Zilker Park Greenbelt, one of Austin’s largest and most well-known parks, so the likelihood of a turkey sighting was not altogether out of the question. We regularly observe a fair amount of wildlife around our office: Eastern Fox Squirrel, Rock Squirrel, Gray Fox, and sometimes snakes that cause great consternation among our birds, which occasionally include Greater Roadrunners and Great Horned Owls, as well as numerous other resident and migrant birds. We have all enjoyed watching these wonderful creatures when they make their appearances. However, when our Wild Turkey showed up one day with a poult in tow, we oohed and aahed with our own maternal delight. You could regularly find VENT staff faces glued to the windows, watching as mama and baby searched for good grub on our grounds, or perched on the railings in front of our office. Evidently our birdseed is good eating, because the poult has grown quickly, and during the last couple of weeks, a constant refrain has been, “Gee, the young one is almost as big as its mother!”  We’re hoping they both stick around for a long time!  Here are a few photos:

Wild Turkey and poult, June 2014.

Wild Turkey and poult, June 2014.

 

 

 

Wild Turkey and young on VENT office railings, mid-July 2014.

Wild Turkey and young on VENT office railings, mid-July 2014.

Wild Turkey and young, October 2014.

Wild Turkey and young, October 2014.