[Tweeters] Turkey, outside of Arlington?

Wilson Cady gorgebirds at juno.com
Sat Mar 26 11:51:52 PDT 2016


Jeff, I don't see Wild Turkey on your county checklist: http://www.wabirder.com/docs/Snohomish_list.pdf And it would be helpful if you could identify which subspecies your turkey was, I know that Rio Grande Wild Turkey chicks are available at my local farm supply stores and people do raise them and let them run free in my area. West side turkeys are the planted subspecies Eastern. Eastern Turkeys tail feathers are tipped in brown and the body feathers are tipped in black. They are metallic looking as the feathers have an iridescence about them.
Blue Mountain area turkeys are the planted subspecies Rio Grande.
Rio Grandes have light brown lined tail feathers and on the lower back feathers.
Most all other Eastern Washington area turkeys are the planted subspecies Merriam.
Merriam turkeys have white lined tail feathers and on the lower back feathers.
Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

---------- Original Message ----------
From: JeffO <jeffo4297 at wavecable.com>
To: tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Turkey, outside of Arlington?
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:10:32 -0700

Hi Tweets,
I could not help but share this somewhat strange sighting.
This morning we observed a full grown (wild) turkey walking across the
field in front of our house.
I know they are not native here, but I have not heard of anybody raising
turkeys in our neighborhood.
it must be an escapee from somewhere. But, can I "count" it?
Curious in Arlington,

--
Jeff Osmundson
Arlington


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