Why Did The Turkey Cross The Road?

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Let's Talk Turkey...
Wild turkey, that is.
I heard them before I saw them on my morning walk last week. I hoped they wouldn't be in the road, but a car ahead of me signaled otherwise when it made an abrupt u turn to avoid a flock of thirty birds.  They were having a block party on my street!  So I decided to join in the fun. I talked to them in soothing tones.  They answered with enthusiastic gobbling.  No wonder Ben Franklin lobbied to make this clever bird our national symbol, instead of the Bald Eagle.

John James Audubon
 Wild Turkey
A Brief History of Turkey

The familiar barnyard bird is rather stupid, but its wild counterpart is cagey, possessing personality plus. By the mid-1800's these majestic creatures had disappeared from our environs; but in 1977 twenty-two birds were reintroduced into Jersey.  They've thrived, and the statewide population now exceeds 20,000.
Remember What Happened to Adam and Eve!
Don't eat forbidden fowl in the Garden State. In fact, if you encounter turkeys on the road, give the wild birds a wide berth. The Division of Fish and Wildlife warns that if you hit one you'll be issued a summons.  No free turkey dinner here.  Don't walk among them either.  After all they are wild.
They are also clumsy flyers, never the less, they manage to roost in very tall trees.  Mating season starts in April and by then the large flocks should disperse and get a room. 

Diane Korzinski