Saturday, May 14, 2016

Chicken or turkey?

WTF? This strange creature I found strolling a neighborhood while I was biking yesterday. It seemed fairly tame making cooing sounds as I closed in. Some runners passing by shouted 'turkey!" but I haven't found any turkeys online resembling it. It was big enough to be a turkey and has the long bare neck of one.  I have found chickens with the same colors (my hairdresser has one but without the other features). The genome of chickens seems much more malleable. Zillions of diverse breeds versus maybe 7 of turkeys. Like cats versus dogs. Cats really don't vary a lot versus the different dog breeds.

lilac season. I brought some inside to fill the house with their wonderful fragnance
cardinal couple. Often they seem to be kissing passing food from one to the other
I have at least 2 possibly 3 males. They sit just a foot away from me outside my bathroom window. They are amazingly tiny
This speckled grosbeak is a teenager. His tan feathers will turn black once he is mature
Let's check out the oriole feeder if the 3 feeders I set out specifically for the hummingbirds aren't enough

Foiled again by the rain and cold and wind. Will all that I planted yesterday survive the possible frost tonight? Finally made myself do some gardening work yesterday after a long bike ride. Much needs to be done though I tell myself I really didn't do a whole lot here last year until June and things looked fine. What was I doing instead? The workmen finally had left  The Albatross so I spent a week scrubbing and fixing things up to prepare it for the market. This involved a lot of gardening. I see the buyers aren't much into lawn care or gardening. I wish I had transplanted a lot more of my stuff as nothing is being taken care of. It's been almost 6 months since The Albatross was no longer our responsibility, such a relief even though we gave it away practically. Should not have caved to their incessant demands. Oh well, spilt milk.
Will the weather be better this afternoon for a run? Drier, warmer but with more wind. Then off to a Mom's night out.


Elephant's Child said...

I am pretty certain that your churkey is a guinea fowl.
Love the birds visiting you too.

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Yep, you are right. I looked up guinea fowl and it looked just like my creature, which they say is more like a partridge than a chicken. No wonder I couldn't find them under chickens or turkeys.


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