Wildlife Sunday

We hardly ever see anything on the weekend, but yesterday was an exception.  While I was driving into town to pick up a few things I saw a flock of turkeys along the edge of the road.  I was really surprised they didn't take off running or fly away when I approached them.  They just kept pecking away and then finally crossed the road in front of me.  It was cool seeing the hens out front and at the end and all the young ones in between.Turkeys on Mail Rd.

After they all crossed, I pulled ahead, put the window down and this one was nice enough to pose for me.  Strange bunch of turkeys.  Usually they run away so fast, I can’t even get a bad picture of one.
Turkeys on Mail Rd. When I got home I could see the little mystery duck out on the pond, so I thought what the heck, maybe I can get a picture of it so I can figure out what it is.  I put on my mosquito net/hat and one of Jim’s camo jackets and went down by the dam.  Well, the little guy saw me and starts swimming right towards me.  I got some really nice pictures and now I know it’s a Pied-billed Grebe.  Kind of a cute little bird that makes a very strange sound.
Pied-billed Grebe on pondSo later in the afternoon we decided to take a drive around on the dirt roads.  We figured with all the cabin people around we wouldn’t see anything, but we were wrong!  Deer, one with a fawn,  another big flock of turkeys, a couple Cooper’s Hawks and another bear.  I really should’ve been able to get a picture of the little bear, but my camera was upside down and the settings were all wrong.  Darn!  Saw my 20th bear this morning while we were taking our morning walk.  It crossed the road way up ahead of us and was no where to be seen after that.

No hummingbirds around here this morning.  They may all be heading down towards Missouri and will be stopping by Toodie’s feeder. 


Terry said...

Nice pictures Cindy. The little duck is cute. You get some really good shots up there.

Beth said...

I saw wild turkeys one time in a graveyard and that was a sight to behold. You got an excellent picture. The little duck is really cute.

Toodie said...

You are having an exceptional year for wildlife photos. Love the turkey crossing you came upon and that little Grebe is so cute! I hadn't seen the hummers for two days BUT this morning they were feeding at my feeder! A few more than usual so hey send them down to the hollar!

Ramblingon said...

The Pie -Billed Grebe is something I have only seen in Neil's pics when he was in Okarakoke. Never had the pleasure of seeing them in person.

GreatGranny said...

That's some event watching turkeys cross the road in front of you. The duck is cute, good shot with the reflection.

Paula said...

What a great blog!

Have a nice time!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Awesome photo of the Grebe. Great shots of the other wildlife around your area.