Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

These Turkeys Are Going To the Beach For Thanksgiving

We'll skip dinner and go straight to the beach, thanks.
Not all turkeys will be overcooked and mostly ignored in favor of the tasty stuffing and wine this Thanksgiving. These birds live wild and free in Morro Bay, California—the feral turkeys hang around the golf course for a few hours, and then head down the stairs to the beach.

America's holy bird.
The wild turkey isn't usually found in California. This population was introduced by the state's Department of Fish and Game in 1965. (Not so long ago, this is what you could expect of a government wildlife agency: intentional introduction of non-native and invasive species.)

These birds exhibit all the qualities that Benjamin Franklin loved about America's wild turkeys:

"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

Photos by Teddy Llovet via Flickr Creative Commons.

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Multiphasic (#411)

One of these things stopped my car dead on Hwy 154 near Lake Cachuma, and just stood in the road giving me "fuck you, wut?" face. I couldn't decide whether to be irritated that I was waiting for a wild turkey or dead shocked that I was being dicked around by a wild turkey.

BadUncle (#153)

@Multiphasic Same thing happened to me in Westport, CT. A group was in the road, and one actually attacked my car's bumper.

Multiphasic (#411)

@BadUncle Yep. It stared down a Subaru going 45 MPH. The only reason we yet draw breath is that the turkeys allow it.

theheckle (#621)

I am going to comment before reading because this is AMERICA! Are they really invasive? Introduced? Yes. Non-native? Yes. Invasive is a very particular thing. It's very rare that birds are invasive even once they've been introduced.

BadUncle (#153)

@theheckle There's a great population control device in CA. The coyote.

theheckle (#621)

@BadUncle That's what I'm saying. Turkeys are annoying (though interrupting golf is a good thing, no?), but not really invasive.

SkinnyNerd (#224,784)

For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly.

With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy.

Looks like the founding fathers wanted a 47 percenter to represent America. Too late to inform Romney?

I feel like it's about time we brought "turkey" back from it's 70's-era roots as a term of derision.

Multiphasic (#411)

@Clarence Rosario I really honestly did just delete a post about how "turkeys commuting from Greenwich to Santa Barbara are nothing new." You, sir, are an enabler. For shame.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Clarence Rosario "Bring back"? It never left, man! I just called someone a turkey YESTERDAY (after he left his documents in the printer tray).

alorsenfants (#139)

Elsewhere, and possibly related:

Ruth Bourdain ‏@RuthBourdain
If you are buying a local, organic, heritage turkey, make sure it has a beard, tattoos, and is wearing skinny jeans. #AskRuBo

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