Well, I've got turkeys and these crazy birds are driving me nuts today. I brought in my feeder last night only to find it had been emptied. Then today we heard a thunk upstairs and I knew they were back. Again, they picked the feeder clean. There must have been 15 of them out there today. There were some by the feeder, some walking on the railing, some on the deck, a couple on the ground, even a few up on the roof. In other words -- a whole rafter or gang of turkeys -- whatever you want to call them. They're making me cuckoo!
We have a really aggressive squirrel who rules the feeder these days. All this summer she chased away little birds and Stellar's Jays, which are about twice her size. She had no fear and was constantly chasing them down the deck railing, or even hopping off the deck to go after them more viciously. It's a shame she's not as determined to do that with the turkeys. They're eating all her seeds, but I guess they're just too big for her to chase off. I took the feeder down and placed it closer to my bedroom door. So far, the turkeys haven't found it. The squirrel has, and I just saw her nibbling away with a nervous look on her face. She's been such a bully all summer and fall, so she really needs to get tougher with those turkeys.
Speaking of big, fat, stupid birds -- do you have turkey for Christmas dinner, or do you have something like ham or prime rib? When I was a kid, we always had turkey for Thanksgiving, ham at Christmas, and then ham again at Easter. My husband's family always had turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but ham for Easter. It's been an ongoing argument with me and Rick lately. To me, it's just not Christmas without ham. For him, it's the same way without turkey. Normally, I'd put my foot down and get my way, but I think we're going to go with turkey for Christmas dinner. The reason being, we used the dark meat and leftover scraps from our Thanksgiving turkey to make chili. It was delicious! So, I'm kind of leaning towards getting a larger turkey so we can do that again. Rick makes a really good chili, and the turkey was perfect in it.
However, if these wild turkeys keep it up -- they just might end up on someone's platter!