The wild turkeys are on the move everyday. It is that time of the year for the turkeys to mate. I've been seeing large numbers moving about the fields and woods, the most in one herd was over two dozen. I couldn't get an accurate count for they wouldn't stand still.
Heads up girls, photographer approaching.
The males will have harems of five or more females to mate with during the breeding season. During this time his wattle will become more brightly colored. He'll make gobbling sounds and spread his tail feathers which is very alluring to the female.
Normally the females will roost in a tree but after mating she will make a nest on the ground in a small depression hidden among tall grasses or brush, lining the nest with grass and leaves. She will lay 6-18 eggs, that are light tan in color with brownish spots and incubate them for 27-28 days. It is at this time the eggs are vulnerable to predators such as skunk, raccoon and coyote. When the chicks hatch they will be ready to move out within a day following mom for food and protection. They soon learn to climb into trees at night like their parents.
It was overcast the day I took these photos so their feathers are not really showing their full potential of gorgeous colors. I came upon 2 toms yesterday while riding my bike. They had their tails fanned out trying to impress the group of ladies with them. My goal is to get a picture of a tom displaying, but naturally I can not do so while on a bicycle. I also would like to find a nest and get a photo of a hen laying.