Brush turkey

We’ve had brush turkeys hanging around near our place for a couple of years now and this year they’ve chosen to build their nest in the front yard of one of our neighbours.

Cats and dogs beware!

There’s an access path that runs down between their place and the next to the bush reserve behind our houses (we’re a couple of houses further down), so there’s plenty of material for the birds to work with and the mound is quite an impressive size.

Brush turkey on top of mound

Brush turkey on top of mound

The nest

Brush turkey nest

The rest of the nest

The other half of the nest

I took a short video too, nothing special but I thought I’d throw it up here anyway.

The turkey scratched its way to the fence and then headed on up and over into the backyard of the next house.

Over the fence

As I was coming back from taking these photos I feel into conversation with the owner of that backyard. Apparently the turkey had been doing some heavy duty work in her yard and had done a great job collecting all the fallen debris from the lawn with the clear intention of adding it to the nest. Of course there was the minor detail of a fence in the way so after all that hard work it’d had to leave the mulch piled up against the fence. My neighbour scooped it all up and chucked it in her green bin (for garden waste), she’s quite pleased, it saved her a whole heap of work šŸ™‚

2 Responses to “Brush turkey”

  1. Shrinking Tardie says:

    Mim,

    OMG – that is sooooo freakin cool! I’ve seen brush turkey nests before, but never a real live “in the wild” virgin turkey so to speak! Thank you sooooo much and I look forward to sharing it with the girls tomorrow..

    Nat

  2. Dina says:

    We have wild turkeys in our front yard sometimes.

    We get really excited about it.

    It’s one thing I like about living here–we have a nice amount of interesting wildlife.

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